Chief Minister M.Okay. Stalin on Wednesday made it clear that the DMK authorities would continue to use the term “Union authorities” to refer to the Centre, recalling that the DMK, in its election manifesto in 1957 itself, had used the term “Indian Union”. The Constitution, too, described India as a “union of States”, he mentioned.
“We have used it and will continue to use it,” he mentioned in the Assembly, responding to BJP ground chief Nainar Nagendran, who questioned whether or not there was any motive behind utilizing the phrase “union”.
Mr. Stalin and the DMK had began utilizing the term “Union authorities” as an alternative of “Central authorities” because it took over the reins of the new authorities.
When Mr. Nagendran needed a response from the Chief Minister, Mr. Stalin mentioned there was no want to concern the phrase, since Rajaji [C. Rajagopalachari] himself had spoken towards the extreme focus of energy at the Centre, and in favour of true federalism. “Late Ma.Po.Si. [Sivagnanam] used the phrase samasti,” he mentioned.
Mr. Stalin mentioned there was no want to deal with the utilization of the phrase “union” as a “social crime” as a result of some folks had been taking it in that sense. “We are utilizing solely what’s in the Constitution,” he mentioned, recalling the phrase, “India, that’s Bharat, shall be a union of States.”
He mentioned India was constituted by its States. “Some accuse us of utilizing a phrase not utilized by our leaders Anna (C.N. Annadurai) and Kalaignar (M. Karunanidhi). But the DMK used the term Indian Union in its election manifesto in 1957,” he mentioned.
He additionally recalled Anna’s speech in the Rajya Sabha on January 25, 1963, during which he mentioned: “As per the preface to the Constitution, the sovereignty resides in the folks, and authorized sovereignty is split between a federal union and its constituents, that’s the States.”