September 10th, 2011
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Revive ballot paper system

S RamdossChennai: PMK founder-leader S Ramadoss said that ballot paper system should be brought back for the forthcoming local body elections. Briefing reporters at Chennai, Ramadoss said the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are not necessary for these elections.

‘Since PMK is busy preparing for the local body elections, we will contest in Tiruchi West by-election.  If VCK decides to contest on its own in the bypoll, then PMK will support it.  We want ballot paper system for the local body elections’, he said. Ramadoss blamed Union Human Resource and Development Minister Kapil Sibal for acting against social justice relating to reservation and entrance tests.

A law was enacted at the time when V P Singh was Prime Minister. That law instructed that 27 per cent reservations should be given to OBC at the time of filling up Central government jobs. But so far only 5.5 per cent reservation has been followed. Hence the Central government should present a white paper on this, he said.

On the new satellite township coming up at Thirumazhisa in Chennai, Ramadoss said that PMK welcomes the decision only if the people of the locality are not evicted forcibly. It may be recalled that former Union Minister and PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss at the general council meeting said his party would no longer knock at the doors of Gopalapuram or Poes Garden and anyone seeking alliance with the PMK should visit Thailapuram.

He also threw a challenge to the political parties, daring them to contest the local body elections independently to prove their strength and support base among the people.




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