TN Assembly passes resolution against K'taka violence

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Chennai, Apr 1 (UNI) The Tamil Nadu Assembly today passed an unanimous resolution, deploring the violence in Karnataka by some pro-Kannada outfits opposing the Hogenakkal drinking water scheme, and urged the Centre to intervene and protect the rights of Tamils and maintain the country's sovereignty.

Moving the resolution, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi said the Centre had the responsibility to protect the country's sovereignty and integrity and it should immediately intervene and protect the interests of Tamils.

Recalling a similar resolution, adopted by the House on March 27, he said ''even before we got feedback on it, we are forced to adopt another resolution on the issue.'' Tamil Nadu always maintained cordial relations with neighbouring states. However, these ''fanatic groups'' were against the welfare of Tamils, it said, strongly condemning the ''confrontationist'' attitude of the pro-Kannada outfits against Tamils and the violence let loose by them.

Recalling the incidents which took place in Karnataka during the last two days, Mr Karunanidhi said he could not decipher why the pro-Kannada outfits were allergic to Tamil and the people of Tamil Nadu.

Some linguistic fanatics have made it a habit of developing hatred towards Tamils and unless it was removed, India's integrity and sovereignty would only remain on paper, it said.

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