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Allies back Stalin on cutouts
Tamil Nadu

Allies back Stalin on cutouts

S Murari

The death of techie Subasree (23) in a road accident in Chennai caused by an illegal banner put up by the AIADMK has prompted DMK president M K Stalin to reiterate his opposition against such posters and banners in public places.

In a statement on Friday, Stalin blamed Subasree’s death on the AIADMK Government’s “arrogant refusal to implement several court orders” against illegal banners.  He asked party men not to put up posters and banners that would incovenience to the public.

He also said if party men defied his diktat, he would not attend their functions. Top DMK functionary E V Velu said no cutouts and banners would be put up for the party conference in Tiruvannamalai scheduled for this month.

The two communist parties said it was not their policy to put up banners and cutouts, more so for private functions. Tamil Nadu CPM and CPI general secretaries, C Balakrishnan and Muthararasan, said the AIADMK should compensate the family of Subrasree instead of the Government paying from the tax payers’ money.

Viduthalai Chiruthaigal, another ally of the DMK, also welcomed Stalin’s statement. The PMK, though not an ally, has also come out against the cutout culture.