DMK accuses Centre of turning Kashmir into a 'huge prison'

DMK accuses Centre of turning Kashmir into a 'huge prison' Chennai, Nov 10 (PTI) The main opposition DMK on Sundaycondemned the Centre for what it called 'turning Jammu andKashmir region into a huge prison' and demanded the release ofall those arrested, including former Chief Minister FarooqAbdullah.

The M K Stalin-led party, which has all along beencritical of the Centre's action on the Jammu and Kashmirissue here, demanded that the Centre 'respect thesensitivities of the people.' A resolution adopted at its general council meet herecondemned the Centre for abrogation of Article 370 andbifurcation of the region into two union territories sans thenod of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly and without elicitingthe views of the people there.

Also, it said'...this general council (meet) condemnsturning the region into a huge prison and betraying thepeople; for arrest of leaders like Farooq Abdullah and placingthem under house arrest who strove for democracy.' The party, in its meet chaired by Stalin, urged theCentre to 'immediately free all those arrested and respecthuman rights, the sensitivities of the Kashmiri people anddemocratic ethos.' Most top level and second rung separatist politicianshave been taken into preventive custody, while mainstreamleaders, including two former Chief Ministers -- Omar Abdullahand Mehbooba Mufti -- have been either detained or placedunder house arrest.

The government detained former Chief Minister and sittingLok Sabha MP from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah under the PublicSafety act.

The DMK also sought withdrawal of the Draft NationalEducation Policy (DNEP) 2019 from the Centre, alleging that itwas an attempt to impose Hindi and Sanskrit.

The party also wanted education in the State list fromthe concurrent list of the Constitution.

In July, a delegation of DMK MPs led by Kanimozhi hadcalled on Human Resource Development Minister RameshPokhriyal and urged withdrawal of the draft policy.

Many suggestions of the DNEP were against the spirit ofthe Constitution, principles of federalism and social justice,and it had 'hidden agendas' to deprive oppressed communitiesfrom accessing education, the party had said.

The DMK meet also demanded 90 per cent recruitment of theState's youth for vacancies in Central governmentestablishments and public sector units located in Tamil Nadu.

Competitive exams, including interviews for openings inthe Central government should also be held in Tamil, theparty said.

The party 'strongly condemned' filling vacancies inCentral government offices in Tamil Nadu by allegedlyfavouring those from northern states while 80 lakh youth ofthe state awaited employment after registering in employmentexchanges.

Senior leaders Duraimurugan, T R Baalu, Dayanidhi Maranand Kanimozhi participated in the meet. PTI VGN APRAPR APR