Support for Umashankar irks state

August 11th, 2010
DC Share Buzz up!Tags: fake dalit certificate, suspended IAS officer,
Umashankar Aug. 10: The growing support for suspended IAS officer C.
Umashankar from several dalit outfits and political parties, accusing
the DMK government of victimising an honest dalit officer for acting
against influential people, is causing huge discomfort for the ruling
party when elections are just round the corner. Dalits constitute over
20 per cent of the state electorate.

One after another, several dalit outfits and intelligentsia across
Tamil Nadu have been holding protest rallies in support of Mr
Umashankar and accusing the government of being vindictive because he
had openly challenged some corrupt practices of influential people.

Senior political leaders, including CPI veteran R. Nallakannu, CPI (M)
state secretary G. Ramakrishnan and veteran Gandhian Tamilaruvi Manian
will share a pro-Umashankar platform in Chennai on Thursday.

Ridiculing the government’s justification for the suspension, former
IAS officer P. Sivakami, a popular dalit activist, said, “Umashankar’s
father is a dalit pallar and all his siblings are dalits. Where does
the question of producing a false SC certificate arise? Did the
government suspend the many other officers against whom similar charge
of using fake SC certificate was levelled? Some of them are now in
prominent posts.” VCK general secretary D. Ravikumar, MLA, demanded
that the suspension be revoked and Mr Umashankar reinstated.

AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa has slammed the government on
the Umashankar issue and demanded to know why the chief minister was
silent on some of the crucial allegations made by the officer, such as
the functioning of the joint-venture Elnet and the government cable TV
corporation. Literary magazine Dalit Murasu has come out with an
editorial accusing Karunanidhi of being ‘a bundle of contradictions’
in punishing a dalit officer because he claimed SC reservation even
after conversion to Christianity, but at the same time demanding the
Centre to open SC quotas to dalit Christians .


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