Thirumavalavan skips DMK’s protest in Delhi

Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi president Thol Thirumavalavan has skipped a joint Opposition protest organised by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) demanding immediate release of political leaders under preventive detention in Kashmir at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi today.

“Due to unavoidable reasons, I am not able to attend the protest organised by the DMK,” Thirumavalavan said and added that an agitation by the VCK would however happen in Chennai.

The protest, to be led by T R Baalu, will be attended by DMK MPs and other lawmakers to demand the release of political leaders who have been detained in Jammu & Kashmir.

In a statement, DMK president M K Stalin strongly condemned the abrogation of Article 370 and said the detention of family members of political leaders in J&K is “unacceptable and unconscionable”.

“The Central government has isolated Kashmir from India by imposing curfew, using repressive forces and implementing prohibitory orders. By cutting channels of communication, the government has unnecessarily created a hostile environment,” he said.

The party on Monday announced a day-long protest on August 22 at the Jantar Mantar against the Centre’s ‘isolation’ of Jammu and Kashmir and invited other parties to join it to protest the ‘unacceptable and unconscionable’ arrests and detention of political leaders in the border State.

The party demanded immediate release of the political leaders under detention in Jammu and Kashmir.

On August 10, five days after the presidential order to amend Article 370 and reorganise Jammu and Kashmir was cleared in the Rajya Sabha, the DMK held a multi-party meeting in Chennai.

The meeting passed a resolution demanding that the opinion of people elicited through an elected government should be first taken before implementing the changes.