Turning the tables on PMK founder S Ramadoss, leaders from across the political spectrum in Tamil Nadu slammed his latest ‘casteist campaign’ against Dalits, calling the Vanniyar leader’s move retrograde and ‘divisive politics’.
The reactions come close on the heels of an “all-community” meeting, chaired by Ramadoss on Sunday, in which resolutions were passed demanding amendments to the SC/ST Act and for setting up a committee to look into what he called “love dramas” enacted by Dalit youth in the last four years.
Leading the charge against the “divisive politics” was DMK chief M Karunanidhi, an erstwhile ally of the PMK. “Taking up caste problems is dangerous, like stepping into a ring of fire,” the veteran warned, even as he replied in the affirmative on whether the government should act against those who whip up caste feelings.
At a protest held outside Memorial Hall, the two Communist parties in the State shared the platform with VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan, which by itself indicated that the counter to Ramadoss’ campaign was gaining strength.