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Jayalalithaa slams PMK , threatens to ban the party

Chennai, May 14 (): Lashing out at the Pattali Makkal Katchi , Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the Assembly on Monday said that her government will take severe action against the party that indulged in violence, damage public property and create law and order problem in the state.

 Pointing towards the PMK leader S Ramadoss, Jayalalithaa said that the government would not hesitate to ban any political party that continues to spoil the peace of the state. Claiming that steps will be taken to recover from the PMK the cost of the damage caused to public property under the Tamil Nadu Public Property, the CM said that her government will estimate the damage done by the party and will recover the cost  under the Tamil Nadu Public Property (Prevention of Damage and Loss) Act, 1992.

She took a pot shot at the PMK saying that instead of expressing its views through independent means the party has selected the path of violence. Ill legal activities of any party will not be tolerated, said Jayalalithaa adding that she would invoke the Goondas Act and National Security Act (NSA) against perpetrators of violence and the people who instigate the violence.

Bringing to mind the brutal incident that took place in Tamil Nadu a few days back in which public property worth crores of rupees had been destroyed by the PMK men, Jayalalithaa said that steps would be taken to claim damages from it for the losses caused to public and private property, which she said, were running into several hundred crores of rupees. Listing the damage done by the PMK, Jayalalithaa said that sixteen vehicles, including 14 buses, were burnt and a driver died of burn injuries. In stone-throwing incidents a driver and a passenger were killed during the violence and 11 other were injured, claimed the CM.

Ramadoss was arrested on April 30 for violating prohibitory orders in Villupuram and trying to take a protest over the recent Marakkanam violence allegedly targeting Dalits.