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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

TAMILNADU POLITICS: Jaya govt reverses yet another DMK decision!

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Press Trust Of India / / Posted on Aug 23, 2011 at 04:26pm IST.

Chennai: Reversing yet another decision of the previous DMK regime, the Jayalalithaa government on Tuesday announced that the Tamil New Year would now be celebrated in April, instead of January.

The move followed a public demand that the New Year be reverted to 'Chithirai', Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said in the Assembly, while accusing the previous DMK government of not taking it into account the 'sentiments and opinion' of the people while effecting the change in 2008.

The DMK regime's decision was 'useless' and one that 'hurt' the sentiments of the people, she said while announcing the move which comes four days after her government decided to convert the Rs 1,200 crore new assembly-cum-secretariat complex into a multi-super-speciality hospital and a new medical college, overturning DMK chief Karunanidhi's pet project.

Jayalalithaa claimed the Tamil New Year had all along being celebrated in the month of 'Chithirai' and the previous regime had changed the system which was in vogue for many years with the sole intention of gaining 'publicity'.

Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Minister SP Shanmuganathan moved a resolution seeking to revert the New Year to Chithirai in the Tamil calendar.

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