The Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), an ally of the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in Tamil Nadu, conducted a high-level meeting at its office premises in Chennai and passed 10 resolutions Monday.
The meeting took place under the leadership of VCK founder and Chidambaram MP Thol Thirumavalavan and paid tributes to the late freedom fighter and veteran communist leader N Sankaraiah and VCK functionary Unjai Arasan. It also condemned Israel for reportedly committing war crimes against Palestine and asked the Union government to urge Israel to stop the war.
The party alleged that caste atrocities against the Dalits have been on the rise each day, particularly in southern districts of Tamil Nadu. The resolution claimed that ‘caste pride politics propagated by Sanatana forces under the guise of religion’ has been the primary reason behind these incidents.
“The government should take stringent measures to prevent these atrocities. It should ensure the offenders in Dalit-related crimes are booked under acts that do not permit them to come out of the prison easily on bail,” the resolution read.
Among the other resolutions, the party urged the government to take measures to fill vacancies reserved for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) in government departments, institutions like Annamalai University, etc.
The VCK also appealed to the government to take robust measures to prevent the spread of drugs like ganja which leads to a rise in various crimes like murder.
The party also urged the government to suspend the Goondas Act invoked against A Arul, one of the farmer leaders arrested for protesting against the acquisition of farmland by the government for the Melma-SIPCOT project in Tiruvannamalai.
Further, the VCK also demanded the government to suspend the Tamil Nadu Land Acquisition Laws (Revival of Operation, Amendment and Validation) Act, 2019.