CHENNAI: Continuing the debate over the status of the land on which the DMK party organ ‘Murasoli’ stands in Chennai, the PMK on Thursday asked why even 20 days after its demand that the DMK should release the ‘original land documents’, its leader M K Stalin was still reluctant to make them public.
The PMK president G K Mani in a statement here said that in response to their charge that ‘Murasoli’ land was on ‘Panchami land’ (assigned to the Dalits by the erstwhile British rulers), Mr. Stalin had denied the allegation and said he was ready to show the documents to prove that ‘Murasoli’ office was on private ‘patta land’.
He said with the issue now having gone up to the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC)- on a complaint by a BJP functionary Srinivasan-, the PMK welcomed Mr. Stalin’s latest statement on the issue on Wednesday that DMK will produce the documents at “the right time, right place to the appropriate authorities” to prove its claim that the party organ was situated on ‘patta’ land.
Mr. Mani said if that was the case, why Mr. Stalin was delaying the production of those original documents for the past 20 days after PMK had demanded that they be made public. What Mr. Stalin had released was a later year document about the land being purchased by ‘Anjugam Pathipagam’ in the 1960s’, but “we are asking for the 1924 UDR documents,” Mani said.
He further asked how the land where an Adi Dravidar students welfare home was situated had changed hands to ‘Murasoli’ owners, adding, he had issued two statements in this regard so far. “Tamil Nadu is waiting for the day when Mr. Stalin will release the documents,” the PMK leader added....