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"UPA an appeasement platform"

Tuesday 21 March 2006

Special Correspondent

Bharatiya Janata Party will go alone in Tamil Nadu, says Rajnath Singh

CHENNAI: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s "yatra" programme was to create greater public awareness on "minority appeasement" of the United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre and the "upward trend" of activities of terrorists, the party president Rajnath Singh said on Monday.

To a query on whether the programme was to revive the image of the party, the party president told the media that it was not so. "We had organised such yatras earlier. We have a good image."

Asked why two separate "yatras" were being taken out instead of one as in the past, Mr. Singh replied that given the size of the country, it was not possible for one leader to cover the length and breadth of the nation. Besides, as the programme is to be carried out during summer, it was decided that the two leaders should tour the country.

Describing the UPA as the "United Platform of Appeasement," Mr. Singh referred to the Centre’s proposal to include in the Foreigners’ Act the provisions of the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act, 1983, which had been scrapped by the Supreme Court. "It has once again been proved that in its pursuit of vote-bank politics, the Congress has no hesitation to bring even national security under threat," he said.

Referring to the Kerala Assembly’s resolution urging the Union Government to intervene on "humanitarian grounds" in the case of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Abdul Nasir Maudany, the BJP leader assailed the Congress and the Left for joining hands in this regard. "People of this country are shocked and agitated over this issue as it is nothing but perversion in the name of secularism," he said.

Asked about the party’s poll strategy in Tamil Nadu, the BJP president reiterated the party’s position of going it alone. The party was not exploring any alliance.

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