THANJAVUR: CPI leader D Pandian said it would be appropriate if the courts take a suo-motu decision to shift former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa from Bangalore jail to Tamil Nadu on security and health grounds.
Talking to reporters in Tiruvarur on Sunday, the State secretary of the CPI quoted former Prime Minister Deve Gowda’s suggestions that Jayalalithaa could be transferred either to a jail in Tamil Nadu or to a hospital of her choice.
“If any untoward incident happens due to her health condition in Bangalore jail, it would create enmity between the people of two States. To avoid such a situation, the courts could take a suo-motu decision to shift her to another place. It would be appropriate if she is shifted to Tamil Nadu,” Pandian added.
Whether the judgment of the special court was right or wrong should be decided by the higher courts based on the appeal, he added.
He said the supporters of Jayalalithaa, who are protesting, should not create inconvenience to the public. Meanwhile, Pandian said the party has decided to organise blockades across the country on October 16 protesting the price rise. In Tiruvarur district, the protest will be conducted at 16 places and 10 places in Nagappattinam district. Referring to the BJP state President Dr. Tamilisai Soundarrajan’s statements that BJP would emerge as an alternative to AIADMK, the communist leader said his party would never allow the saffron party to come to power in Tamil Nadu.
He faulted the power cuts in the State for the slow growth rate in industrial production. Citing that the State received deficient rainfall during the South West Monsoon, Pandian said the State has been reeling under drought.
He further said though the shutters of Mettur dam was opened nearly two months ago, the farmers have been complaining that water
has not reached the tail-end areas.
He suggested that the government should organise a tripartite meeting of ministers, government officials and farmers to find out the areas affected by drought.