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DMK will not forsake rights of depressed classes, says Karunanidhi

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Chief Minister receives postal stamps on Pitty Theyagarayar, C. Natesan and T.M. Nair

— Photo: R. Ragu

HONOUR: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi viewing postal stamps on Pitty Theyagarayar, C. Natesan and T.M. Nair released at a function in Chennai on Wednesday. (From right) A. Raja, Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology; Parithi Ilamvazhuthi, Information Minister; and M. Subramanian, Chennai Mayor, are in the picture.

CHENNAI: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam will not forsake rights of backward, most backward and depressed classes just because it has an understanding with some other party, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said on Wednesday.

Referring to the Supreme Court’s reiteration on Monday that vacancies in the reserved category in Central institutions of higher education would go to the general category, Mr Karunanidhi said “we should not lose our rights. Rights are not meant for us. They are for our inheritors, our people and the future of Tamil Nadu,” the Chief Minister said, receiving postal stamps on Pitty Theyagarayar (1852-1925), C. Natesan (1875-1937) and T.M. Nair (1868-1919), founders of the Justice party, at a function in the city.

Expressing the hope that a positive outcome would emerge following his letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue of the reservation, Mr Karunanidhi said otherwise, no purpose would be served by merely releasing the stamps of the leaders. “We should rescue BCs, MBCs and Scheduled Castes from the present crisis, which aims at blunting the sharpness of the principle on which the concept of reservation was founded” he said, adding that the system of carry forward could be adopted instead of allowing the transfer of unfilled reserved seats to the general category.

Noting that he earlier received a letter from the Congress leader Kumari Ananthan recalling his earlier assurance of rechristening the Pondy Bazaar as Soundara Pandian market place, Mr Karunanidhi said though the area got its name from the self-respect movement leader W.P. A. Soundara Pandian, its name was subsequently shortened. Hereafter, the Pondy Bazaar would be called the Soundara Pandian market place. Releasing the stamps, A. Raja, Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology, said the release of the stamps marked recognition for the Dravidian movement, which was till recently branded secessionist and one promoting hatred among castes. The ideals of the movement, laid down decades ago, had not yet been fully accomplished.

Parithi Ilamvazhuthi, Information Minister, Radhika Doraiswamy, Postal Secretary, Indira Krishnakumar, Principal Chief Postmaster General (Tamil Nadu Circle) and M. Subramanian, Chennai Mayor, attended the function.

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