1 Dec : Oppn AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa reiterated her charge that TN CM Karunanidhi’s announcement to provide 3% exclusive R’vation for Aruthathiayars, a sub-caste of SC, was a "political fraud", with an eye on the ensuing LS polls.In a statement here she alleged that the announcement in this regard made at the fag end of the tenure of the UPA government at the Centre clearly showed that it was made with an eye on the polls.
She alleged that the announcement was a "political fraud" as Karunanidhi had not taken any steps in this regard for the last ten years, despite being part of the previous BJP-led NDA regime and the present Congress-led UPA government.
Stating that the AIADMK was always for the welfare of Arunthathiyars, Ms Jayalalithaa said her party whole-heartedly welcomed the three per cent quota for them from within the 18 per cent quota for SCs.
Observing that the assent of Parliament should be obtained for its proper implementation, she chared Mr Karunanidhi’s announcement with an eye on the polls, was aimed at cheating the people.
She said when the AIADMK returns to power in the state, her government would get Parliament sanction for the three per cent quota for Arunthathiyars and take legal steps to redress the grievances of the people of Most Backward Classes community like the Adi Dravidars and Devendra Kula Velllars.
Ms Jayalalithaa also alleged that Mr Karunanidhi had instigated his partymen to burn her effigies by charging that she was opposing the quota for Arunthathiyars.