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Time ripe for new political set-up, says Venkaiah

Saturday 7 May 2005

Staff Reporter

PALAKKAD: Time is ripe for a political set-up other than the United Democratic Front (UDF) or the Left Democratic Front (LDF) in the State, the BJP all-India vice-president, Venkaiah Naidu, has said.

Inaugurating a party workers’ district convention at Town Hall here on Friday, the BJP leader said that there was no Government functioning in the State now. The Opposition led by the CPI(M) was not fighting the "anti-people" policies of the Government.

But the BJP that had strong roots in many parts of the State could fight both of them, he said.

Communists were supporting the policies of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government in Parliament, but they were opposing it outside. If they had any commitment to the common man, they should have opposed the "anti-people" policies of the UPA Government’’, he said. Mr. Naidu said that the brainstorming session of the party to be held in Ernakulam on May 25 and May 26 would decide the party’s strategy for the coming panchayat and Assembly elections in the State.

The party would have a strong presence in the local body and Assembly elections, he said. The BJP would go it alone in the Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, he said.

Development programmes

Mr. Naidu said that the UPA Government that would complete one year in office on May 14 had reversed the development programmes initiated by the National Democratic Alliance Government. They failed to provide any relief to the farmers during their one-year rule.

More than 2,800 farmers had committed suicide in Andhra Pradesh during the last 10 months. The BJP wanted to pass the Anti-Conversion Law and stop the flow of foreign money being used for conversions, he said.

The convention was addressed by the BJP national executive committee member O. Rajagopal, the party national secretary, M. Ganesh, the BJP State secretary, P.S. Sreedharan Pillai, and the party’s Tamil Nadu State secretary, C.P. Radhakrishnan, among others.

The convention was presided over by the party district secretary, N. Sivarajan.

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