Will never allow tampering of Constitution's basic structure:DMK

Will never allow tampering of Constitution's basic structure:DMK Chennai, Nov 10 (PTI) DMK chief M K Stalin on Sundayasserted his party will never allow tampering of the basicstructure of the Constitution, including secularism, and hitout at the BJP-led government accusing it of adopting a 'bigbrother' attitude toward states.

The party also batted for amendments to the Constitutionincluding one to make all 22 languages in the Eighth Scheduleas India's official languages.

A special resolution to this effect was moved by Stalinand adopted at the DMK's general council meet here.

It also alleged that BJP's parent body RSS was for doingaway with states and districts and putting in place a singleadministrative command by dividing the entire nation into '200janpaths'.

'News has emerged that the BJP government is movingtowards that plan; the DMK condemns it and we urge the Centreto give it up,' the resolution said.

Lauding the Centre's initiative to celebrate 70 years ofadoption of the Constitution on November 26 in the Parliament,it noted the Constitution's preamble declared India asocialist, secular and democratic republic.

Besides, the Supreme Court had held that featuresincluding the fundamental rights can never be amended and theparty urged the Central government to bear this in mind.

'This general council makes is categorical that the DMKwill never allow tampering of the basic structure of theConstitution,' the resolution said.

State autonomy is one of the cornerstones of the DMK'sideology and as early as 1957 the party had demanded cappingCentre's powers in respect of administration and taxation.

In 1974, then DMK chief M Karunanidhi had raised theslogan 'mathiyil kootatchi and manilathil suyatchi' whichmeant a federal setup at the Centre and autonomy for state.

Also, the DMK government during its first stint in power(1967-71) had submitted to the Rajamannar committee thatbarring areas like defence, external affairs, and currency,all others, including residuary powers, should be vested withthe states, the party said.

The committee was set up by the Tamil Nadu government in1969 to look into Centre-State relations and make suggestionsfor amendments to the Constitution to ensure maximum autonomyfor states.

The DMK said, in the past 70 years, experience, however,showed that the Centre has 'concentrated powers,' in its handsat the expense of states and the party viewed with concern thepresent day status of the powers given to the states.

Dwelling on amendments needed to the Constitution, DMKlisted making all the 22 languages in the eight scheduleas 'India's official languages.' Ushering in the proportional representaion of electoralsystem for Parliament and Assembly elections and transferringresiduary powers from the Centre to States are the otheramendments the party wanted.

'In areas like finance, education, subsidy and loans, theCentre, which is following a big brother attitude should beavoided and States should be given appropriate powers,' theparty said adding it wanted appropriate Constitutionalamendments to ensure fulfillment of its demands.

Also, the party demanded that the Centre scrap 10 percent reservation for the economically backward, claiming itdiluted the very concept of reservations.

Alleging that Centre did not fully implement thereservation for OBCs, SCs and STs, the DMK wanted it to becorrected and pitched for increase in quota for OBCs to 50 percent from the present 27 per cent.

The party also wanted 'carry forward policy,' forunfulfilled job openings in the Centre. PTI VGNVS VS