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DMK to urge Guv to take action over V-Cs' appointments in TN

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Days after alleged that crores of rupees exchanged hands in the appointment of vice-chancellors to universities before he took over, DMK chief M K said on Monday that his party would urge him to take appropriate action in the matter.

"It is not a joke but a thing of anguish that the himself has spoken about corruption to the tune of several crores of rupees in the appointments of vice-chancellors," he told reporters here.

The DMK leader, who is also the of Opposition in the Assembly, said his party has sought an appointment with Purohit to urge him in person "to take speedy, appropriate action" in the appointments of vice-chancellors.

"Corruption was reigning supreme not only in appointments of vice-chancellors, but in all departments," alleged, adding that his party had approached the on such graft charges and filed petitions before the Madras High Court, which were pending.

"The deferring announcing the dates for holding bypolls in Tirvarur and Tiruparankundram constituencies showed the extent to which the ruling AIADMK is afraid to face elections," he claimed.

had said Saturday that the dates for the bypolls would be announced later since the had cited weather forecast of very heavy rains during the monsoon season.

On October 6, Purohit addressing an event here had alleged that in the "appointment of vice-chancellors ...exchanging (of) money in crores, I could not believe that, then I decided things have to be changed."

Reacting to his remarks, the ruling AIADMK had said it had no role to play in the appointments of vice-chancellors.

He added that the people of would appreciate that "till date I have selected nine vice-chancellors, purely on merit, nobody can raise a finger (against him)...from vice-chancellors to primary school teachers -- all appointments should be clearly on merit".

Higher K P Anbazhagan had said that he was duty bound to clarify that the government has no role in the appointments of vice-chancellors.

He dubbed Purohit's remarks "surprising," since the recommendations to the Governor to make appointments of vice-chancellors were made by over which the government had no control.

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 17:00 IST