TAMIL NADU

`Accord Statehood'

PONDICHERRY, APRIL 24. The general secretary of the Dravida Peravai, N. Nandhivarman, has called upon the Centre to accord Statehood to Pondicherry.

In a release here, he said the under the constitution, the Ministry lacked full-fledged powers to keep a tab on the bureaucracy. The Centre was refusing sanction, despite the Assembly adopting several resolutions and forwarding them to the Centre.

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