Thursday, April 15, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Duty bound to reclaim Dalit lands: Karunanidhi

Duty bound to reclaim Dalit lands: Karunanidhi

Express News ServiceFirst Published : 15 Apr 2010 04:13:00 AM ISTLast Updated :

CHENNAI: Chief Minister M Karunanidhi made it categorical that lands
allotted to the Dalits under encroachment would be retrieved.

On the occasion of Ambedkar's birth anniversary, VCK organised awards
function in Maraimalai Nagar near here on Wednesday.

While Karunanidhi was conferred Ambedkar Sudar award, social activist
Krishnammal Jeganathan was given Kamaraj Kathir, and DK chief K
Veeramani was bestowed with Periyar Oli award.

In his acceptance speech, CM, referring to the remarks of Krishnammal
Jeganathan that a judge had encroached upon lands belonging to the
poor people said it was condemnable. Referring to the charges of
encroachment of Panchami lands allegedly by AIADMK chief J
Jayalalithaa, he said the inquiry commission set up to go into the
charges had submitted its report to the government.

"Regardless of persons behind encroachment of lands allotted to the
Adi Dravidar people — be it a judge or a former CM, we are duty bound
to reclaim those lands and return it to the Dalits," he said On the
pathetic and tough times being endured by Dalits, he said the DMK was
struggling only for their emancipation. "Tirumavalavan has joined
hands with the DMK only for their liberation." Earlier, Tirumavalavan,
urged the CM to build statues of Ambedkar and Periyar in the new
Assembly complex.

Karunanidhi, referring to Tirumavalavan's plea said all the promises
would be fulfilled when the DMK assumes power for the sixth time in
the State.


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