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The panel will consider PMK’s claim for a 20% quota for Vanniyars: Tamil Nadu CM

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Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister, EK Palaniswami, announced Tuesday evening that a commission would be formed to consider Pattali Makkal Katchi’s (PMK) demand for a 20% reserve for the Vanniyar community in government jobs and institutions. educational.

After a meeting with PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss, Palaniswami said the commission would collect caste data to study community backwardness, a necessity to grant reservation to any community.

The prime minister had called Ramadoss for a meeting after PMK workers threw stones at a moving train and blocked roads leading to Chennai, near Perungalathur, as police prevented them from entering the city.

Traffic stopped on the Grand Southern Trunk, a national highway. Party workers came to Chennai from different districts like Salem, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri to participate in the first day of their protest in support of the reservation.

“Around 2,000 people have been arrested in 65 places,” said Deputy Police Commissioner MS Bhaskar. He also said there was a violation of the Covid-19 pandemic rules. PMK workers were seen removing barricades to make way for their vehicles.

Ramadoss, who was also taking part in the protest in Chennai, called on his party’s workers not to indulge in the riots but to protest peacefully. “I request the police to allow party workers to enter Chennai,” he said. “We had announced that we will protest from December 1 two months ago and we reiterated this during our recent general council meeting.”

The PMK has been asking for reservations for Vanniyars for four decades, he added. “This is not a caste problem, but a development problem in which backward communities like Vanniyars should grow for the overall progress of Tamil Nadu,” Ramadoss said.

The PMK had revived its old reserve demand in recent months before the 2021 assembly elections in Tamil Nadu. The PMK and AIADMK are allies in the state.

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