The executive committee meeting of the AIADMK on Saturday condemned the UPA government at the Centre for its step-motherly treatment towards the initiatives of the State government as well as the measures to resolve the problems faced by it. The meeting also condemned the Centre’s actions that went against the federal polity of the country.
A resolution to this effect was moved by AIADMK presidium chairman E Madhusudhanan and unanimously adopted by the executive committee meeting held in the presence of Chief Minister and party general secretary J Jayalalithaa.
Some of the issues the meeting flagged while criticising the Centre included: Efforts to pass the Food Security Bill, which would hinder the functioning of the Public Distribution System (PDS); decision to withdraw the levy sugar obligation on sugar mills; hiking the price of diesel meant for bus transport corporations; steps to establish the National Counter Terrorism Centre without consulting the State governments; delaying the DAS licence to Arasu Cable TV Corporation; failure to provide additional power to cope with acute power crisis; and failure to admonish the Sri Lankan government for the continuing atrocities against TN fishermen.
In all, the executive committee adopted 16 resolutions, 15 of which thanked party chief Jayalalithaa for implementing welfare schemes to the people, notification of the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, expeditious steps to end the power shortage, her concern for the Sri Lankan Tamils and efforts to protect the Tamil Nadu fishermen from attacks by the Lankan Navy.
One resolution gave powers to the party general secretary to increase the number of members of the four-member disciplinary committee formed a couple of days ago to enquire into the complaints of party cadre. Another resolution hailed the number of welfare announcements made by the Chief Minister under Rule 110 of the State Assembly during the recent budget session.
The executive committee meeting condoled the death of many leaders and party functionaries including veteran playback singers P B Srinivas and T M Soundararajan, music director T K Ramamurthi, Sivanthi Adithan, chairman, Daily Thanthi group of publications, veteran actresses Rajasulochana and Sukumari, former Chief Minister of Puducherry P Shanmugam, violin maestro, Lalgudi Jayaraman, M Rajendran, close relative of AIADMK founder and former chief minister M G Ramachandran, former minister G R Edmund, former MLAs - A K Aranganathan, S Krishnamurthi and V Thamizhmani.