Attrition between Electricity Min, PMK leader takes new turn

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Chennai, Dec 12 (UNI) The word of attrition between Tamil Nadu Electricity Minsiter Arcot N Veerasamy and Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder leader S Ramadoss today took a serious turn with the former reiterating his charge that the PMK leader has built a college in Villupuram district in agriculture lands.

Reacting to Dr Ramadoss's statement that he would quit politics, if the Minister proved his charge that the college had been built in farm lands, Mr Veerasamy, in a rejoinder here, said that the more than 100 acres of land, where the college was built, were farm and Government promboke lands.

The lands were not remaining fallow for more than 100 years as claimed by the PMK leader, Mr Veerasamy said and gave details of the survey numbers and crops cultivated in these lands till 1991, when Dr Ramadoss took over the lands for building the college, on behalf of the Vanniya Educational Trust.

''I have given details sought by Dr Ramadoss and willing to give more. It is for the PMK leader to take a decision (whether to quit politics or not),'' he said.

Mr Veerasamy said he had no difference of opinion that Dr Ramadoss was giving free education and free boarding and lodging to the backward class students in the college, but would strongly dispute his claim that the college was built in lands, which remained fallow for more than a century.

Besides farm lands, the Vanniyar Educational Trust had also encroached upon Government poromboke lands, he alleged.

Stating that he was not finding fault with the Trust for utilsing the farm lands and Government's land for building the college, but wanted to emphasise that when Government launched some projects, they should not be opposed stating that 'farm lands were acquired', Mr Veerasamy said.

UNI

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