TAMIL NADU

Ensure periodic cooperative polls: DMK

DMK leaders at the party's zonal conference at Thanjavur on Saturday. From left are K. Anbazhagan, M.Karunanidhi, Arcot N.Veeraswamy and M.K. Stalin. — Photo:M. Moorthy

DMK leaders at the party's zonal conference at Thanjavur on Saturday. From left are K. Anbazhagan, M.Karunanidhi, Arcot N.Veeraswamy and M.K. Stalin. — Photo:M. Moorthy  

R.K. Radhakrishnan

THANJAVUR: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Saturday wanted the Centre to amend the Constitution to ensure that elections were held to cooperatives periodically.

Continuing the same pitch its MLAs maintained in the Assembly early this week, the party accused the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Government of acting against the spirit of the cooperation movement.

A resolution adopted at the first day of its two-day zonal conference here said the AIADMK Government repeatedly refused to conduct elections to cooperatives and was extending the term of Special Officers arbitrarily. Now, the ruling party wanted to appoint advisory committees to all cooperatives. This was nothing but an "undemocratic way" of bringing in its partymen through "the backdoor," the DMK said.

44 resolutions

The conference adopted 44 resolutions, including a demand to give workers the right to strike, reservation for minorities, extension of Mandal Commission recommendations to education and withdrawal of the Tamil Nadu Essential Services Maintenance Act. The organising secretary, T.K.S. Elangovan, read out the resolutions.

Call to the media

The party adopted two resolutions on the media: one, urging the Centre not to increase the foreign direct investment cap in the media and the other asking newspapers not to blackout Opposition news. It was their democratic duty to report fairly and in a balanced manner. It claimed that many newspapers — either out of fear of the repressive measures of the ruling party or wanting government advertisements — were reporting only on the ruling party.

`Expedite Cauvery award'

The DMK wanted the Centre to impress on the Cauvery Waters Dispute Tribunal to release its final award early and to ensure that Karnataka adhered to the interim award. The party urged the Centre to declare Tirukkural national literature and amend the Constitution to ensure "wholesome and genuine federalism."

`Nationalise rivers'

Earlier, in his address, the conference president and party's principal secretary, Durai Murugan, wanted the DMK president, M. Karunanidhi, to work for nationalising all rivers. Any State would not willingly give another water. To fulfil the dream of interlinking rivers, it was necessary to nationalise them.

He also wanted Mr. Karunanidhi to take up the issue of making Tamil official language. A constitutional amendment was not necessary for this. Quoting the Sarkaria Commission report, he said when the greater good of the common people was involved, the Centre would just have to issue an order.

Plea to leader

Mr. Durai Murugan also wanted Mr. Karunanidhi to show the path for unseating the AIADMK Government, which was "undoing all the gains made by rationalists over the past 60 years."

The reception committee chairman, Ko.Si. Mani, said the AIADMK Government had "discredited itself in the eyes of the people with its half-baked schemes." People were aware that the Supreme Court and the Madras High Court had criticised its functioning.

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