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A vindictive move, against Sarkaria report: TMC

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, JULY 30. The Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) has dubbed the Central Government's move to requisition the services of the three IPS officers of Tamil Nadu cadre `vindictive' and against the recommendations of the Sarkaria Commission.

Mr. S. R. Balasubramaniam, Leader of the TMC in the Assembly, said the action would only strain Centre-State relations. `Though the Centre had the power to requisition the services of IAS officers as and when they were required, it should be done with the concurrence of the State Government. The Centre should have consulted the State before initiating the transfer', he said in a statement here today.

Expressing surprise at the Union Law Minister, Mr.Arun Jaitley's stand that the Centre had overriding powers, Mr. Balasubramaniam warned that such an attitude would only result in undesirable consequences. Law and order being a State subject, the Centre had no powers to interfere.

`Affront to self-respect'

The Tamizhaga Rajiv Congress president, Mr. Vazhapadi K. Ramamurthy, described the Centre's move as an ``affront to the State Government's self-respect''.

Talking to newsmen here, Mr. Ramamurthy said the Union Government's action was not only a wrong precedent but also would create a big divide in the Centre-State relations. The State Government should not accede to the directive.

Mr. G. A. Vadivelu, president of the State unit of the Janata Dal, described it as a `blatant move' to deprive States of their powers which `in turn would affect Centre-State relations'. He requested the State Government not to succumb to the Centre's pressure tactics and to protect the IPS officers concerned.

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