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Vaiko withdraws support to UPA

Press Trust of India

Posted: Mar 16, 2007 at 1819 hrs IST

Accusing the UPA government at the Centre of failing to implement majority of the schemes under the Common Minimum Programme, the MDMK pulled out of the UPA and withdrew its support to the Government.

In a resolution adopted at its regional conference here, the party, which was giving unconditional outside support, had placed 17 demands for implementation, such as Constitutional amendment for State Autonomy, linking of National and Peninsular rivers and to declare all languages in the 8th schedule, including Tamil, as official language.

"However, the Government has failed to implement any of the demands during the three years," it said.

MDMK has four MPs, of which two--L Ganesan and Gingee Ramachandran-- have split and sought separate seats in the Lok Sabha, though not removed from MDMK. The party, led by Vaiko, has two MPs in Dr C Krishnan and S Selvaraj now. The Centre has "failed" to take any steps to solve Tamil Nadu farmers' problems, by linking rivers, particularly peninsular rivers, despite assuring that priority would be given to it, the resolution said.

The Government, led by the Congress, also "failed" to prevent the "injustice" meted out to Tamil Nadu by neighbouring states on the vexatious Cauvery, Mullaperiyar and Palar river issues, the party pointed out.

The Centre's economic policy was totally in favour of multinationals and monopoly traders, neglecting middle income and poor people, MDMK alleged.

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