OTHERS

Ramamurthy for ban on DPI

CUDDALORE, JULY 12. The leader of the Tamizhaga Rajiv Congress, Mr. Vazhapadi K. Ramamurthy, stressed the need for banning the Dalit Panthers of India (DPI).

Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, Mr. Ramamurthy said that the Vanniyas were being threatened and their economic condition had been at stake, resulting at times in their exodus. He said that there was no other alternative except to ban the DPI. In this context, he reminded the State Government of his oft-repeated warning to ban the LTTE. Although the Government had not heeded the warning initially, it was conceded at the end.

Mr. Ramamurthy said that the MDMK leader, Mr. Vaiko and the PMK leader, Dr. S. Ramadoss, were adopting double standard on the Tamil Eelam issue. Being constituents of the National Democratic Alliance, both the parties apparently supported the Centre's policy on the ethnic issue and at the same time, they had been supporting the Eelam leaders, he said.

He regretted that the Vanniya community and the Dalits were being instigated for the sake of political gains. He fixed the responsibility of having groomed Mr. Thirumavalavan on Dr. Ramadoss. It was the latter who had brought Mr. Thirumavalavan from Madurai to Cuddalore district, immediately after a conference in Madurai a few years ago, he said.

Mr. Ramamurthy said that the rift between Vanniyas and Dalits proved an advantage for opposition parties like AIADMK to level charges of law and order breakdown against the State Government. Barring sporadic incidents, the law and order was, by and large, under control in the State, he said, urging the Government to deal firmly with those resorting to violence.

He said that the Tamil Maanila Congress founder, Mr. G. K. Moopanar, should seriously consider a suggestion by Dr. Subramanian Swamy to form third front in the State.

Later, addressing the volunteers of the Vanniya Sangam, Mr. Ramamurthy charged Dr. Ramadoss with having diverted the attention of the Vanniya community and exploiting them for political gains. He said that it was the responsibility of Vanniya leaders like him to ensure that they were properly guided. He said that there was no need for him any longer to use the vote bank of the Vanniya community. His sheer mental agony over the misguided lot forced him to convene meetings of Vanniyas in the State, he added.