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VCK election manifesto promises retrieval of Katchatheevu, exemption of NEET

- April 9, 2024

Chennai, April 9 (BPNS)

The Dalit political party of Tamil Nadu, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) in its manifesto released on April 9 said that it would retrieve Katchatheevu island from Sri Lanka to end the ordeal of the Tamil fishermen. The manifesto also wanted the exemption of Tamil Nadu from the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

VCK founder leader and the INDIA bloc candidate for the Chidambaram (SC reserved ) seat, Thol Thirumavalavan released the manifesto by handing over the first copy to Tamil Nadu Agriculture and Farmers Welfare minister, MRK Panneerselvam at Jayankondapattinam near Chidambaram on Tuesday. The VCK manifesto said that it was for separate legislation for honour killings.

The VCK leader said that the party stands for the repeal of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), abolishing the post of Governor, and abolition of the proposed policy of One Nation, One Election.

The manifesto also demanded the extension of work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNRA) to 200 days and also a pension scheme for farm labourers. The VCK manifesto demanded more autonomy for states and the establishment of a branch of the Supreme Court in Chennai. The party also demanded to make Tamil as official language of the Madras High Court.

The VCK manifesto also stands for statehood to the Union territory of Puducherry. The VCK leader alleged that democracy in the country was under threat from the BJP due to its divisive, fascist anti-people policies. He said that the upcoming Lok Sabha elections were crucial.