PMK a casteist outfit, says Pondy PCC(I) chief

PONDICHERRY, JULY 12. Mr. V. Narayanaswamy, president of the Pondicherry PCC(I) described the PMK as a casteist outfit and not a political party and charged that it had been fomenting violence causing extensive disturbances in Tamilnadu and Pondicherry. Addressing a press conference in the party office here today, Mr. Narayanaswamy said the PMK had also been extending support to the banned LTTE.

He said that any outfit that was functioning detrimentally to the unity and integrity of the country should be banned. Mr. Narayanaswamy also said that the MDMK leader, Mr. Vaiko, had been inconsistent in his views.

Mr. Narayanaswamy said the Erode conference of the MDMK had brought to the fore several harsh realities and the fact that the PMK and MDMK were supporters of separatism had been unambiguously proved. The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister was keeping quiet because the PMK and MDMK were constituents of the NDA.

Mr. Narayanaswamy said the Union Home Minister who attended the conference should have taken action based on the very projection of the pictures of the LTTE supremo, Prabakaran, and the raising of slogans by volunteers in support of the LTTE. The PCC(I) leader also vented his wrath against the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Mr. M. Karunanidhi, for his inconsistent stance on the Sri Lankan Tamil issue. He also said the PCC(I) condemned the attack on the churches of the Christians and also mosques in the southern States of Andhra Pradesh and Karnatka.

Mr. Narayanaswamy also condemned the unleashing of attacks by the police on the Congress(I) volunteers in Andhra Pradesh when they resisted the rise in power tariff.

Mr. Narayanaswamy said that the Union Territory Administration had already made it clear to the Centre as to how the uniform floor rate of taxes could not be acceptable for Pondicherry. He also said that the Chief Minister would participate in the Cauvery River Authority meeting in New Delhi.

Mr. Narayanaswamy said that milk producers of Karaikal had been demanding Rs. 10 as price for a litre of milk purchased from them by the cooperative sources. Now Rs. 8.25 was being paid which is not remunerative to the ryots. He appealed to the Chief Minister to revise the rate upward.