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VCK for massive agitations to retrieve encroached Dalit lands in Tamil Nadu

Chennai, July 2(BPNS)

Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi( VCK), a political party of Tamil Nadu which is part of the ruling DMK alliance and working mainly for the upliftment of Dalits and downtrodden has planned a massive movement across the state for the retrieval of land belonging to the Dalit community which was encroached by people of other communities.

The land popularly known as Panchami land was gifted by the British to the Dalit communities of the state and according to a Madras High court judgment 12 lakh acres of land was given to the Dalits.  However state government records state that only 1.09 lakh acres of land under the Panchami lands and of which 17,159 acres of land was encroached by people of other communities.

Thol Thirumavalavan, President of VCK and Member of Parliament has already met the Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on June 25 and handed over a representation requesting the Chief Minister to intervene in the matter and to provide justice to the Dalit community.

 The VCK has already formed a committee to chalk out future action plans including massive agitations and protest marches across the state even as the party is part of the ruling alliance. The party will commence the movement to retrieve the Panchami lands in the budget session of the assembly with the VCK floor leader Sinthanai Selvan already having sent questions regarding the land and its present occupants. The VCK leader told BPNS,” I have already sent questions and is expecting a reply on the floor of the house during the budget discussions and we will commence the official movement for restoring the lost Panchami land hereon.”

The BJP is also upping its ante regarding the lost Panchami lands and party National executive committee member, Tada Periyasamy who is working on the issue for several years is following up the matter. Periyasamy while speaking to BPNS said, “ The government of Tamil Nadu had three commissions studying on the issue and had given report but nothing much was achieved. The 2011 state government data has revealed that 17,159 acres of Dalit land are encroached in Tamil Nadu and successive governments have not done anything for that.”

In the days to come it need to be seen whether a political party like the VCK which is an alliance partner of the DMK will continue with its agitations for the retrieval of the Panchami land or whether the movement will not go further than some mere representations and a few questions in legislative assembly and parliament.