Cen­tre usurp­ing State’s rights: Thambi Du­rai

It’s not good for de­vel­op­ment, he says

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

AIADMK leader and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M. Thambi Du­rai on Satur­day ac­cused the BJP-led Cen­tre of en­croach­ing on the pow­ers of State govern­ments.

“You are tak­ing away the pow­ers from the State List to the Con­cur­rent List. Even, resid­uary pow­ers, you are tak­ing away,” he said at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the In­sti­tute of Dra­vid­ian Stud­ies at the St. Peter's In­sti­tute of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search, Avadi.

How­ever, Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K. Palaniswami, who in­au­gu­rated the in­sti­tute, and his deputy O. Pan­neer­sel­vam, re­frained from crit­i­cis­ing the Cen­tral gov­ern­ment on the oc­ca­sion.

The Chief Min­is­ter of­fered an al­ter­na­tive vi­sion of Dra­vid­ian unity. “The Dra­vid­ian States should take ad­van­tage of our com­mon eth­nic­ity to work to­gether more,” he said.

Mr. Pan­neer­sel­vam vowed to fur­ther Mr. An­nadu­rai’s ideals. “I re­call my par­tic­i­pa­tion in the an­tiHindi ag­i­ta­tion. That move­ment was built on the prin­ci­ple of State au­ton­omy,” he said.

Quot­ing An­nadu­rai on his birth an­niver­sary, Mr. Thambi Du­rai said, “Our CM and Deputy CM know what prob­lems they are fac­ing. I have to go and rep­re­sent the Chief Min­is­ter’s and Fi­nance Min­is­ter’s de­mands; we could not suc­ceed at the Cen­tre be­cause they want a mo­nop­oly.” .

Hindi im­po­si­tion

On Vice-Pres­i­dent M. Venka­iah Naidu’s re­ported com­ments that Hindi was a sym­bol of the so­cial and po­lit­i­cal unity, Mr. Thambi Du­rai said: “If you want to see if wel­fare pro­grammes go to the peo­ple, it is pos­si­ble only through lan­guage. Now, you can­not un­der­stand what scheme the Cen­tre gives us. Sarva Shik­sha Yo­jana, PM Sadak Yo­jana .... I said in Par­lia­ment: at least you name it in Tamil, ‘Anaivarukkum Kalvi.’ That is the fa­nati­cism, that kind of fa­nati­cism we are op­pos­ing.”.

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