Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Karunanidhi urged to break his silence over Jayalalithaa's conviction in disproportionate assets case

CHENNAI: PMK leader S Ramadoss on Wednesday urged DMK chief M Karunanidhi to break his silence over former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa's conviction in a disproportionate assets case.

"It is good for him (to break his silence). This question is being raised by public as well," he told reporters here.

Stating that the AIADMK supremo's political career had virtually come to an end, the PMK leader expressed surprise over the silence maintained by the Left parties, the BJP and the Congress.

A week after the conviction, Karunanidhi, who is known for his instant response to political developments, made only guarded remarks, citing editorials and news articles published in weeklies and national dailies on his archrival after the Bangalore special court's verdict in the DA case.

On the widespread protests and damaging of public vehicles by AIADMK supporters and sympathizers, he said, "We demand the state claim Rs 1,000 crore from AIADMK men towards the damage to public properties in the stat." He pointed out the bus burning incidents in Kancheepuram and Vridhunagar.

Ramadoss refuted allegations that his partymen indulged in violence in Marakkanam last year. After the violence in Marakkanam, the Jayalalithaa government ordered inquiries into the damage of public properties.

Slamming the Panneerselvam-led government for the breakdown of law and order in the state in the aftermath of Jayalalithaa's conviction, Ramadoss demanded the Centre invoke Article 355 to protect the state against "external aggression and internal disturbance," on a temporary basis. However, he hastened to add, "PMK is not for President's rule and that remains our policy."

Ramadoss said the Representation of People's Act should be amended to ensure that a convicted person loses membership of a political party and is deprived of the right to vote and campaign in elections. "Only then, the convicted person would not function like a shadow chief minister," he said.

The PMK will file cases against ministers M C Sampath and B Valarmathi for putting out anti-Kannadiga posters, which amounted to straining inter-state relations. Ramadoss,Karunanidhi,Jayalalithaa,Disproportionate assets case,DA case

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