TAMIL NADU

Centre studying plea to ban DK: Swamy

CHENNAI OCT. 3. The Janata Party president, Subramanian Swamy, today said the Union Home Ministry was examining his proposal for banning the Dravidar Kazhagam. Talking to reporters here he said he had met the Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, and submitted a memorandum detailing its ``anti-national and pro-LTTE activities''.

Dr. Swamy urged the AIADMK Government to set up 10 sea water desalination units along the coastline to provide assured supply for irrigation. The Government had ``demeaned'' the Tamil people by constantly petitioning and begging for drops of Cauvery water from Karnataka and getting less and less every year. ``I am prepared to help the State Government get from Israel at concessional prices these 10 units, which can become operational within six months.'' Referring to the installation of the statues of Muthuramalinga Thevar and Satyamurti in Parliament, he said it had removed a great injustice done to Tamil Nadu in recognition of the State's contribution to the freedom struggle.

Dr. Swamy urged the State Government to agree to renaming the Madurai airport after Muthuramalinga Thevar. The Centre already agreed to implement this suggestion if the State had no objection. Dr. Swamy accused the State Government of having failed to acquire extra land for extension of the runway to upgrade the airport to international specifications.

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