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DMK always supported Puducherry's statehood demand: Stalin

Press Trust of India  |  Puducherry 

M K Thursday said his party always supported Puducherry's demand for full statehood.

The late DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi had also been in total support ofstatehood for Puducherry, he said at a public meeting organised here by the

was canvassing votes for former Puducherry Assembly and nominee for the lone Lok Sabha seat in the union territory V Vaithilingam and DMK candidate K Venkatesan for the by-poll.

"The DMK has always supported Puducherry's full statehood demand. We will never let down Puducherry at any cost," he said.

alleged that the AINRC had not taken steps to persuade the Centre to grant statehood to Puducherry though its candidate was the from the union territory.

He recalled that protests had broken out when an attempt was made in 1979 by the then Morarji Desai and then M G Ramachandran to dismantle the separate status of Puducherry and merge it with the neighbouring state.

Stalin criticised the BJP manifesto released recently by the for "letting down" students, unemployed youth and other sections without any specific schemes.

He alleged the promises made by the BJP during the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections had not not been fulfilled.

"All the promises and assurances are only on paper and nothing had been done to realise them," he said.

The said the party's manifesto and that of the had very clearly projected the need for statehood for Puducherry.

and Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy also spoke.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 16:15 IST