Chennai: The DMK called for a protest in the State on July 21, urging the people to hoist black flags in front of their houses to protests the attitude of the government in levying fines to those who stepped out of their homes and charging exorbitant electricity fares for those who remain indoors.
This was one of the 10 resolutions passed at the meeting of district secretaries, MPs and MLAs of the party that was held through video conference with president M K Stalin presiding over it on Thursday.
Another resolution condemned the ‘false case’ filed against the party’s Thiruporoor MLA Idhayavarman and wanted the case to be handed over to the CBI for investigation. The MLA’s father opened fired in self-defense when a group of persons attacked them for their bid to save a piece of temple land, along with the local people, the resolution said.
The other resolutions were mostly reiteration of the popular demands dominating the political narrative of the State. Among them were the demand for 50 per cent reservation for BCs and MBCs in medical college admissions made through the all-India quota, cancellation of NEET and providing justice to Jayaraj and Bennix who were killed due to torture in police custody at Sathankulam.
Withdrawal of the Electricity (Amendment) Bill that could otherwise lead to the cancellation of free electricity to farmers, not letting the Reserve Bank of India take over cooperative banks, not abiding by the University Grants Commission (UGC) directive to hold final examinations in colleges and universities by September were some of the resolutions that were against the Central government.
Another new issue raised through the passing of resolutions was the charge that the newly elected local bodies led by DMK candidates were being neglected by the State government.