Karunanidhi To Lead DMK Protest On January 5 In Chennai

CHENNAI: Slamming ruling AIADMK over the handling of the recent deluge that affected Chennai and other districts, DMK president M Karunanidhi will lead a ‘massive’ protest in Chennai on January 5 next year.

Party Treasurer MK Stalin alleged “discrimination” in distributing flood relief, saying it was being given to beneficiaries identified by AIADMK men.

“To insist that AIADMK, which is running this government, should take responsibility for the devastation and loss caused by rain and floods, Kalaignar (Karunanidhi) will lead a massive protest in Chennai on January 5, 2016,” he said reading out a resoultion adopted by the party in a meeting of its senior leaders and lawmakers in Chennai.

It alleged that “administrative lapses” and “haphazard administration” by some officers of the government had resulted in large-scale damage.

The party recalled that it had had petitioned the Governor K Rosaiah seeking a probe into alleged red-tapism in discharge of excess water from Chembarambakkam reservoir, but there was no action.

Opposition parties including the DMK have maintained that the state government had not handled the torrential rains and subsequent floods, besides discharge of excess water from a city reservoir, properly, alleging these had resulted in widespread flooding, especially in this metropolis.

Another resolution urged the Centre and state government to take steps for holding the banned bull-taming sport of ‘jallikattu’ in January 2016.