Coimbatore: UPA partner DMK on favoured bringing the Prime Minister under the purview of the proposed Lokpal Bill saying party chief M Karunanidhi had introduced ‘a pioneering anti-graft bill’ in Tamil Nadu in 1973 itself bringing under its ambit the chief minister.
“Kalaignar (Karunanidhi) had in 1973 moved the pioneering anti-graft bill in February 1973 whose highlight was that it brought under its ambit the Chief Minister, former chief ministers, ministers and former ministers, Mayors and former Mayors and other elected representatives,” a resolution adopted at the DMK General Council meeting said.
BJP leader L K Advani, who was then with the Jan Sangh, had welcomed the Bill and expressed happiness over the Chief Minister being included under its ambit, it said.
“The General Council accepts and insists his (Karunanidhi) stand on including the Prime Minister under the government’s proposed Lokpal Bill,” the resolution said.
On the Tamil Nadu government forming special police cells to handle land grabbing cases covering previous DMK regimes, the Council referred to Karunanidhi’s statement that he was not averse to police taking action against genuine offenders and but cases prior to 2006 should also be included.
On the issue of fuel prices hike, the council criticised the Centre saying prices were revised under ‘some excuse’.
It also resolved that poor people had been hit by the recent hike in prices of LPG and kerosene as the prices of essential commodities had spurted.
It also demanded the roll back of fuel price hike.