'N-deal must not affect country's sovereignty'

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Puducherry, Oct 11: Welcoming the Left parties' views on the Indo-US Nuclear Deal, the Dalit Panthers of India (DPI) today said the deal should be implemented without affecting the sovereignty of the nation.

Addressing a press conference here, DPI General Secretary Thol Thirumavalavan said the agreement, under which the internal laws of the US would bind the country to convert it into a ''US colony,'' was ''unwarranted.'' Hence, the agreement should only be for import of fuel for the power plants and it should be implemented as per the high level Parliamentary Committee's decisions, he added.

Mr Thirumavalavan called upon the Congress and the Left to strive for completing the UPA's term in office in view of the economic situation in the country.

In a bid to accommodate all sections of the people including the minorities, the party's state and district committees had been disbanded and an ad-hoc committee was constituted, he stated.

He demanded that a separate SC/ST commission should be set up in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to look into the issue of reservation for the minorities.

The DPI would move a resolution seeking speedy implementation of the Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project (SSCP) in the monsoon session of Tamil Nadu Assembly, he said.

Mr Thirumavalavan also demanded that a committee be set up to elicit the views of the people of Marakkanam and Cuddalore on the proposed power plant. The DPI would on its own constitute a separate committee for the purpose.

He also sought provision of food and medicines to the Eelam Tamils through the Red Cross Society.


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