TAMIL NADU

CPI opposes plea for dismissal of AIADMK regime

CUDDALORE APRIL 15 . The Left will not concur with the demand made by some parties that the Centre invoke Article 356 of the Constitution to dismiss the Jayalalithaa Government, the CPI national secretary, D. Raja, made clear today.

It was true that the Government had been resorting to "repression" and "undemocratic" practices, in violation of all norms of the legislature. It was for the political parties and all sections of people to put up a joint fight. However, the CPI would not agree with the suggestion made by leaders of the PMK, the Congress and the DMK on use of Article 356, Mr. Raja said replying to a query by presspersons here.

"The CPI, the CPI (M) and the Left as a whole have taken a principled position that no elected Government can be dismissed by invoking Article 356."

On reports that the Prevention of Terrorism Act might be invoked against R.R. Gopal, editor, Nakkheeran, he said the CPI strongly condemned the move. "What we witness in Tamil Nadu is muzzling of the media and suppression of freedom of the Press."

`Deceptive stand'

Mr. Raja urged the National Democratic Alliance constituents — DMK, MDMK and PMK — to "make clear their position to the people where they stand at the national level." Accusing them of adopting a dual policy — one for the nation and the other for the State, he said their `deceptive' stand had come in the way of Opposition unity in Tamil Nadu. It would be politically untenable for them to fight for secularism and democracy even while continuing in the NDA.

These parties had supported the POTA in Parliament and now they were opposing the "use or misuse of the legislation in the State." "If these parties oppose the POTA, they should fight it in toto and cannot merely decry the arrest of the MDMK general secretary, Vaiko, while supporting the Act at the national level."

Referring to the DMK president, M. Karunanidhi's remark that his party would decide its course of action (on quitting the NDA) at a time of its choosing, Mr. Raja said if the former was sincere in fighting the BJP and its communal policies, he must quit the NDA. The DMK should have walked out of it even at the time of the Gujarat communal riots.

On the third front, Mr. Raja said it was still relevant and could be built through a people's movement to provide a viable alternative. Though it was too early to discuss political alignments in Tamil Nadu, efforts at the national level would have their impact on the State politics too.

Mr. Raja is now leading the Bharat Jana Jagran Yatra from Kanyakumari.

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