Sat, 12 Jul, 2008,03:21 PM
The PMK on Saturday resorted to some voluble and rhetoric-filled demonstration against the arrest of its senior leader 'Kaduvetti Guru'.
A couple of days ago the Tamilnadu government slapped the provisions of the National Security Act (NSA) on him.
The words spoken were on typical lines. But the mood carried an extra edge of animosity.
‘The detention of Guru under the NSA is a murder of democracy. The ‘arrogant rule’ by the DMK will not last long’, said PMK president GK Mani said at the meeting.
‘It is an act of vendetta. The government with the help of police are foisting cases’.
Urging the government to release Guru immediately, Mani said, arresting him for his speech at the PMK general council meeting is not right.
‘The PMK had strived hard to help the DMK assume power in the State. They have shown their gratitude by arresting Guru and letting loose terror against the PMK men.
The State government and the police department should be held responsible for the volatile situation prevailing in Ariyalur and Perambaloor districts,’ he added.
Mani reiterated that he had called on Karunanidhi personally to express his regret for Guru’s speech a few months ago. ‘
The Chief Minister too accepted our regret then and it appeared in various sections of the media too.
But by going ahead with his arrest, they have exposed their vindictive attitude towards our party’, he added.
Taking a dig at the DMK leaders, Mani said, ‘they had used derogatory words on MDMK orator Nanjil Sampath recently. Will the government initiate action against their own men? Also the DMK speaker Vettrikondan is known for his loose tongue. Will he be arrested for his speeches under the NSA?’
Questioning the motive behind Guru’s detention under the NSA, Mani said, ‘those who are seen to be a threat to the sovereignty and safety of the nation alone are booked under the NSA.
The slapping of NSA on Guru exposes the dubious motive of the State government’.
The participants at the demonstration wore black shirts and black badges. They shouted slogans condemning the DMK government and demanded Guru’s immediate release.
Those who took part in the protest include PMK MP A K Murthy, party MLAs Velmurugan, Thirukachoor Arumugham, Sakthi Kamalammal, Thamzharasu, Nedunchezhian, Ilavazhagan, Meganathan and Kaveri.