Chennai: The DMK president M K Stalin asserted on Wednesday that he will prove the authenticity of the land ownership papers regarding the party's organ 'Murasoli' at "the right time, right place and to the appropriate authority."
Reiterating his stand that 'Murasoli' office stood on private 'patta' land and not on Panchami land assigned to the Dalits, Stalin in a statement here said attempts by vested interests to besmirch the reputation of the DMK and of the party organ's founder and late Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to spread disinformation for political gains will not succeed. "Not just me, nobody in the party will accept it," he said, adding, this was his "final reply" to those spreading false charges.
Referring to the PMK founder-leader Dr S Ramadoss first flagging this controversy about alleged 'panchami land status' of the land on which 'Murasoli' office stood in Chennai, the DMK leader said, "with documents I had that day itself refuted his allegations." Mr. Stalin added that he had also asked whether Ramadoss and his son Dr Anbumani Ramadoss would quit politics if their charge was proved false.
However, Dr Ramadoss gave another statement demanding to show the 'original documents'. But generally, including in the court of law, the onus is on those who level an allegation to prove it, Stalin said.
Subsequently, on October 21, BJP state secretary Mr. Sreenivasan had sent a complaint on the 'Murasoli' land issue to the National Scheduled Castes commission, he said. The SC panel the next day sent a notice to the Tamil Nadu government on this issue, prompting the Chief Minister, Mr. Edappadi K Palaniswami to give a statement to the press that the 'Murasoli' land issue will be investigated and due action taken if it was found to be on 'panchami' land.
Following these developments, the National SC Commission has now reportedly summoned the State Chief Secretary to appear before it on November regarding this issue, indicating the rapidity with which the government was acting on this issue, Mr. Stalin said.
It was strange that an issue related to a party newspaper was being fast tracked, when the Government should have shown the same speed with issues like closing the breach in Chemparampakkam lake or in retrieving the toddler Sujith Wilson from a borewell recently near Manaparai, Stalin pointed out, taking a dig at both the AIADMK and the BJP.
Meanwhile, DMK organising secretary and MP, Mr. R. S. Bharathi in a petition to the city police commissioner, sought action against two outfits who have announced a picketing of 'Murasoli' office on November 18, to "retrieve" the alleged 'Panchami land' from the DMK party organ....