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Gadkari lambasts DMK and Congress

india Updated: Jan 29, 2011 16:40 IST

BJP president Nitin Gadkari launched a scathing attack on the Congress and its ally in Tamil Nadu, the DMK, charging them with looting the country and said that once the BJP formed the government at the centre, it would bring back the thousands of crores of black money stashed in Swiss banks.

Addressing a mammoth public meeting of BJP workers and activists to mark the culmination of its 41 day state wide Tamarai yatra on Saturday, the BJP chief described the Congress-DMK alliance as a partnership company that was perpetrating family rule, at the centre and in the state, and said that it was unfortunate that the people of Tamil Nadu too were suffering.

The presence of a huge crowd at the rally proves that BJP was a force in Tamil Nadu and it will show in the assembly polls too, he said, adding the assembly would have BJP representatives this time. Corruption and inflation, the BJP president said, were two faces of the same coin. Corruption led to price rise, he said.

Former telecom minister A Raja’s involvement in the telecom scam has already sounded the death knell of the UPA and its ally, DMK, he said, but added “Raja could not have done this all by himself. The brain behind is the DMK leader,” he said, without taking the name of Karunanidhi.

The DMK has become a partnership company, divided between the sons and daughters, while the Congress at the centre was a proprietary one in which no one else can become a president other than from the Gandhi family, he alleged.

The year 2010 has been an year of scandals – 2G, CWG, Adarsh housing society, Bofors – all of which together valued at Rs 2.50 lakh crore, which is roughly three percent of the country’s GDP. The Congress and its allies are looting the poor man, he alleged and said price rice is not related to issues of caste, creed or religion, but it was due to bad economic policies of the government and gross mismanagement by UPA.

“Give BJP a chance here in Tamil Nadu and NDA at the centre. We will bring back the black money stashed away in the Swiss banks and use the money to fund development projects, including the national river linking project that will solve the water and power scarcity of Tamil Nadu,” Gadkari said in his 15 minute speech delivered in English. It was translated into Tamil by state BJP secretary H Raja.

The BJP will also take up the cause of Sri Lankan Tamils and raise the issue in the Parliament, as also at the International Human Rights forum to ensure justice to the people suffering in the island nation. “We will ensure fundamental rights of Sri Lankan Tamils within the sovereignty of Sri Lanka,” he said, touching upon the emotional issue now being highlighted by the killing of Indian fishermen on high seas, allegedly by the Sri Lankan naval personnel.

The response of the people is encouraging, said Pon Radhakrishnan, president of state BJP unit, who has already toured the state twice.

“The BJP will enter Tamil Nadu assembly in sizeable numbers. Even if we may have to go it alone, the BJP will be represented in the assembly with sizeable numbers,” Pon Radhakrishnan said, adding that people were completely disillusioned with the DMK rule. He appealed to all opposition parties to come together to oust the corrupt DMK.