A testimony to double standards: Vaiko

CHENNAI, DEC. 6. The Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary, Vaiko, today asked why the State Government which claimed that all were equal before the law was delaying trial in the Dharmapuri bus burning case.

Talking to The Hindu , he accused the Government of misusing powers to delay the trial because All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam men were involved in the case.

"This is a glaring testimony to the Chief Minister's double standards and contempt for justice."

Mr. Vaiko also wanted to know the progress of the investigation in the attack on the MDMK member of Parliament, Sippiparai Ravichandran, during the May 10 election campaign.

Doubts over probe

On the arrest of the Kanchi Acharya, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, Mr. Vaiko said the midnight action could have been avoided. He was not for any special treatment to the Acharya as "this might create a bad precedent." The police and the Government raking up old cases against the Kanchi Mutt led to doubts about the bona fides of the investigation, he said.

Mr. Vaiko alleged that the Sangh Parivar was trying to derive political mileage from the arrest. But the Bharatiya Janata Party's efforts to drive a communal wedge did not succeed. "The BJP, which was routed in the Lok Sabha elections, is clearly facing a major crisis. Therefore, they are trying to make the arrest look like an insult to all Hindus."

Rewards for STF

On rewards to the Special Task Force personnel for killing forest bandit Veerappan, he said the STF should be commended. But the monetary benefits were "unjustifiable."

On the court asking the Government to take back road mazdoor workers, he said it could have been considerate and could have reinstated them. Instead, it went in appeal to the Supreme Court.

Mr. Vaiko, who is on a visit to districts to strengthen the party at the grass roots, said he would continue his tour till the end of February. He had completed touring eight districts. He was spending three days in each of the districts. The party aimed at enrolling 10 lakh members, to ensure that its units were established in all villages, and also subscribers for the party organ, Sangoli.

The Marumalarchi Blood Donation Movement had also taken off well, he said. In each district at least 1,000 donors had enrolled and blood grouping was being done.

After the Tirunelveli-Chennai renaissance, he and his party received greater acceptance among the people. "I could see this in my district tours," he said.

The primary reason was that the MDMK highlighted social issues and problems and was not content with talking about the party alone.

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