AIADMK observes fast against move to shift Boston Institute

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Chennai, Jan 9 (UNI) The Opposition All India Anna DMK (AIADMK) today observed a fast at Coonoor in Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu, protesting against the Centre's move to shift the Boston Institute, producing anti-rabies drug, and against the DMK Government's ''anti-people'' policies.

The fast was led by party's minority wing leader Liyakat Ali Khan and Nilgiris District Secretary M Selvaraj and was held at the MGR Thidal in Coonoor.

The AIADMK accused the Centre of trying to shift to some other district, the more than 100-year-old Boston Institute at Coonoor, in which over 1,000 local people were employed.

The agitation was to protest against the Centre's ''anti-labour'' policy and also against the DMK Government, which had ''failed'' to protect the interests of the local people and the corruption in the DMK held municipality, the AIADMK workers said.

They alleged that the DMK Government had stopped issuing protection cards to farm workers, especially to those working in tea estates in Nilgiris district, thus depriving them of various benefits.

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