Congress(I) flays excessive deployment of police

PONDICHERRY, NOV. 27. The Pondicherry Pradesh Congress(I) president, Mr. V. Narayanaswamy, today expressed protest against deployment of ``more than necessary number of police'' during the visit of the PMK leader, Dr. S. Ramadoss, to the Union Territory.

At a press conference here, Mr. Narayanaswamy said the public had been inconvenienced as main thoroughfares including the 100 Ft Road were closed to traffic during Dr. Ramadoss's visit.

Mr. Narayanaswamy accused the PMK leader of delivering inflammatory speeches with an intent to disturb the peace here. A meeting of the constituents of the Secular Democratic front, headed by the Congress(I), would be held tomorrow to review the political situation in Pondicherry, Mr. Narayanaswamy said.

There were complaints of posters displayed in some villages eulogising the leader of the banned LTTE, Prabakaran. The Chief Minister should take steps to arrest those responsible for putting up the posters, he said. Mr. Narayanaswamy further alleged that LTTE supporters could be in Pondicherry.

On the rescue of Kannada Actor, Mr. Rajkumar from brigand Veerapan's clutches, he said the Tamil Nationalist Movement leader, Mr. P. Nedumaran, had played a minimal role.

Mr. Narayanaswamy said the State BC Commission constituted by the administration had submitted its reports supporting reservation for BC and MBC. The Congress(I) requested the Chief Minister to ensure early implementation of the report and to extend reservation to backward classes belonging to minority religions, he said.

Mr. Narayanaswamy said the Congress(I) was opposed to the privatisation efforts of the NDA Government in the Centre. The move to disinvest profit-making institutions would backfire, he said, adding the party would spare no efforts to resist disinvestment both inside and outside the Parliament.

Mr. V. Vaithilingam, MLA, the general secretary of the party, Mr. A. Gandhiraj, were present at the press meet.