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DMK manifesto demands Constitution amendments

DMK, a key Congress ally, on Thursday demanded appropriate amendments to Constitution for a “wholesome and genuine” federalism in the country with autonomy at the state level and federal governance at the Centre.

india Updated: Apr 02, 2009 16:17 IST

DMK, a key Congress ally, on Thursday demanded appropriate amendments to Constitution for a “wholesome and genuine” federalism in the country with autonomy at the state level and federal governance at the Centre.A strong votary of state autonomy, DMK said in its manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls, released by party president M Karunanidhi, that its views on Centre-states relations had been placed before various Commissions set up by the Centre to “analyse” this matter.

Justice Sarkaria Commission and Justice Venkatachaliah Commission “have recommended measures for rearrangement of Unions-States relations in India,” where DMK has placed its “considered views for the establishment of state autonomy, based on the principles of wholesome and genuine federalism”, it said.

Claiming credit for implementing the Centre’s 27 per cent OBC reservation by virtue of “continued insistence from DMK”, the party also opposed the “creamy layer” concept, saying it would deprive OBCs of the full benefit of reservation policy.The party also demanded suitable Constitutional amendments to ensure that Acts related to reservation were kept out of the purview of legal review.