OPS thanks PM Modi for including Narikuravas in ST list

Meanwhile, reacting to the EPS supporters, who were involved in removing pictures from his posters and banners across the state, he said “time will answer”.
Former AIADMK chief minister O Panneerselvam and Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Former AIADMK chief minister O Panneerselvam and Prime Minister Narendra ModiPTI

CHENNAI: Former AIADMK chief minister O Panneerselvam on Thursday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for including the 'Narikuravas' community in the Scheduled Tribes (ST) list.

In a letter to Modi, he said: "I am grateful for the decision of the Union Cabinet approving the long-pending proposal for inclusion of a nomadic tribal group in Tamil Nadu know as Narikuravar or Kuruvikkarar community in the list of ST enabling them to avail all the benefits and concessions".

"It is pertinent to point out here that by this decision, the vision of 'Amma' (Jayalalithaa), who had made repeated requests to the Centre to include them in the list of ST, has been fulfilled,” he said adding that by this decision, it is proven that you are an embodiment of social justice.

Meanwhile, reacting to the EPS supporters, who were involved in removing pictures from his posters and banners across the state, he said “time will answer”.

However, senior AIADMK leader and former fisheries minister D Jayakumar, who is in the EPS faction, justified the removal of OPS pictures and posters based on his (OPS) removal from the party. “He has been removed from the party and therefore, he does not have any relationship with us,” he added.

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