Tamil Nadu

VCK not for Dalits alone: Thirumavalavan

Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi leader Thol. Thirumavalavan addressing a public meeting in Ramanathapuram on Wednesday.— Photo: L. BALACHANDAR  

Expressing concern that the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) was dubbed as a Dalit party, its leader Thol. Thirumavalvan alleged that oppressive forces had launched a systematic campaign to prevent people of other communities, especially Muslims and Christians, from joining the party.

Addressing a public meeting here on Wednesday night, he said the VCK believed that liberation of the people, especially the suppressed and the downtrodden, lay in the abolition of caste system.

He said the VCK was dubbed as a party for the Dalits by some vested interests though it had communal harmony, religious amity and national development in its agenda and fought for the liberation of “pattali vargam” (working class) and women.

Leaders of some political parties never liked him calling on Muslim leaders and visiting Muslim countries. The Dravidian parties either sidelined or treated Dalits with disdain, he alleged.

The DMK appointed only two Dalits as district secretaries and the AIADMK appointed only one to the post.

He criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party for pursuing “politics of religious hatred” and the Pattali Makkal Katchi for pursuing “politics of communal hatred”.

Alleging that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh proposed to install the statue of Nathuram Godse, the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi, at 52 places in Tamil Nadu, he said the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi would be in the forefront in opposing the move.

He thought Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, and TNCC president E.V.K.S. Elangovan would oppose it, but they remained silent, he added.

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