Chennai: DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Thursday slammed the alleged inaction of the Tamil Nadu government in ending the ongoing strike of NLC contract workers, and sought to use the very words of his archival and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to take a dig at the ruling AIADMK. Detailing the various steps he had taken as Chief Minister during such previous strikes, Karunanidhi said the state government is not taking steps to end the stalemate.

"Is there something called a government in Tamil Nadu? They (Jayalalithaa) are criticising the Centre, asking if there is a government there," he said in a letter to party workers.

Jayalalithaa had on Wednesday run down the UPA government on its third anniversary, saying "It is almost as if there is no government at the Centre."

Recalling his government's efforts during previous instances of strikes by contract workers of NLC, Karunanidhi said a Neyveli Lignite Corporation Industrial Cooperative Service Society was formed following efforts by the DMK-backed union in 1994 to address the issue.

Five thousand contract workers were registered in it and as and when vacancies arose, they were made permanent and 4000 of them have been benefited so far, he said, adding that this also eliminated contractors in appointments.

When workers struck work in 2008 and 2010, the DMK patriarch said he had taken up the matter with the Centre and ensured an amicable solution. But the present government was delaying in taking action, citing some cases.

Holding that DMK MPs in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, T R Baalu and 'Tiruchi' Siva had taken up the matter recently, the DMK president urged the workers to immediately withdraw the strike and resume work, considering it would affect power production and also families of the employees.

"Without further delay, the Centre should talk with the management to solve the matter and I make the plea as the leader of a party which is a constituent in the ruling UPA at the Centre," Karunanidhi, who had already demanded Centre's intervention, said.


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