DMK favours bringing PM under Lokpal

Coimbatore: UPA partner DMK on Sunday favoured bringing the Prime Minister under the purview of the proposed Lokpal Bill saying party chief M Karunanidhi had introduced `a pioneering anti-graft bill` in Tamil Nadu in 1973 itself bringing under its ambit the chief minister.

"Kalaignar (Karunanidhi) had in 1973 moved the pioneering anti-graft bill in February 1973 whose highlight was that it brought under its ambit the Chief Minister, former chief ministers, ministers and former ministers, Mayors and former Mayors and other elected representatives," a resolution adopted at the DMK General Council meeting said.

BJP leader L K Advani, who was then with the Jan Sangh, had welcomed the Bill and expressed happiness over the Chief Minister being included under its ambit, it said.

"The General Council accepts and insists his (Karunanidhi) stand on including the Prime Minister under the government`s proposed Lokpal Bill," the resolution said.

On the Tamil Nadu Government forming special police cells to handle land grabbing cases covering previous DMK regimes, the Council referred to Karunanidhi`s statement that he was not averse to police taking action against genuine offenders and but cases prior to 2006 should also be included.

On the issue of fuel prices hike, the council criticised the Centre saying prices were revised under `some excuse`.

It also resolved that poor people had been hit by the recent hike in prices of LPG and kerosene as the prices of essential commodities had spurted.

It also demanded the roll back of fuel price hike.

Another resolution said the state government should act on the Siruthavur land issue, in which Jayalalithaa`s name had figured, and restore the land to Dalits.

On the uniform system of school education issue, the meeting condemned Jayalalithaa for not ordering distribution of the textbooks to students despite the court`s verdict in favour of the DMK launched system.

It described as "politics of hatred" the Jayalalithaa government freezing constructions in new assembly-secretariat complex and setting up an Inquiry Commission to go into its alleged irregularities.

Another resolution said the AIADMK Government was "narrow-minded" in doing away with the Legislative Council only because the DMK revived it.

Among others, the council wanted immediate implementation of the 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and Assemblies, asked the Centre to intervene and prevail upon Kerala to drop its move to construct a new dam across Mullaperiyar river and help Tamil Nadu uphold its rights and implement the Sethusamudram project.

In order to strengthen and restructure the constitution of the party, the meeting constituted a seven-member committee headed by its MP T K S Elangovan.

The committee will discuss suggestions received from more than 1,000 office-bearers in favour and against restructuring the rules and also the constitution and submit its report in the next general council.

The suggestions were received in response to a request by Karunanidhi to strengthen the functioning of the party from the grass root to headquarters level.