TAMIL NADU

Get ready for silent revolution, says Karunanidhi

SALEM SEPT 6. The DMK Chief, M.Karunanidhi, last night urged the people of Tamil Nadu to prepare themselves for a ``silent revolution'' to dethrone the present `anti-people' Government.

Speaking at a public function here, he said almost all sections were suffering under its ``oppressive measures''. But for the intervention by trade unions of the DMK and the Left parties, nearly 2 lakh government employess would have been rendered jobless now.

The battle was not between the DMK and the AIADMK. "It is between those who try to preserve the Dravidian culture and the forces which are inimical to it." Mr. Karunanidhi said.The DMK chief also alleged that the police force was being misused in the present regime. Recollecting his midnight arrest and the arrest of government employees, he said the DMK Government had treated the police as friends. "But that was the mistake we committed.''

It was the DMK Government, which established the first welfare Commission for the police in 1969 when he was Chief Minister. Headed by Gopalasamy Iyengar, it suggested 133 recommendations, of which 115 were accepted. Again in 1989, the second commission under Sabanayagan was established. Of its 112 recommendations, 79 were accepted. "The DMK Government implemented all these recommendations and thus improved the status and image of the police in the State."

The Salem district DMK handed over to him Rs 2.25 crores towards the party's election funds; Namakkal district gave Rs.81 lakhs and the Dharmapuri unit, Rs.1.06 crores. Mr. Karunanidhi said Rs.26.43 crores had so far been received from various district units and the fund exceeded the target of Rs. 25 crores.

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