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DMK’s promise to provide gas stove ridiculed

Tuesday 11 April 2006

Special Correspondent

BJP releases second list of candidates

BJP replaces three candidates figuring in the first list Party has invited its national leaders to campaign in State Promise to revive toddy sale made to boost rural economy

CHENNAI: Bharatiya Janata Party State unit president C.P.Radhakrishnan on Monday agreed with Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s charge that her "political adversaries" were planning to "unleash violence."

Responding to a query, Mr.Radhakrishnan said: "DMK and violence remain together always. Possibly, this is why she has said so."

He also ridiculed the DMK’s promise to provide gas stoves at a time when there was a "shortage" of liquefied petroleum gas cylinders under the United Progressive Alliance regime.

Asked about BJP Member of the Assembly P.Arasan joining the DMK, Mr.Radhakrishnan wished him well. He said Mr.Arasan did not seek the party ticket for the Aranthangi Assembly constituency. He released the party’s second list of candidates for 19 constituencies. Besides, three candidates figuring in the first list had been replaced.

About the participation of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the BJP’s poll campaign in the State, Mr.Radhakrishnan said he had invited the senior leader to visit Tamil Nadu. After ascertaining Mr.Vajpayee’s availability, the tour programme would be finalised. This would be known in four or five days. Itineraries of other leaders including L.K.Advani and Rajnath Singh would be known around the same time.

About the BJP’s promise to revive the sale of toddy, he said this had been done with the aim of boosting the rural economy.

He wondered why the sale of toddy should be prohibited when there was no "hesitation" in opening outlets to sell products of IMFL (Indian Made Foreign Liquor).

Mr.Radhakrishnan would launch his campaign from Srirangam on April 15.

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