The UPA coalition at the Centre will "disintegrate" very soon, BJP leader and former civil aviation minister Rajiv Pratap Rudi said in Chennai on Thursday.
"The coalition cannot serve for long as signs of its disintegration had started," he told reporters. "We have a non-existent prime minister and the disintegration is imminent."
He also said the Centre should think in terms of constructing a new greenfield airport to cope with the increasing needs of Chennai city.
With a large number of IT companies coming to the city, a new greenfield airport on the lines of those in Hyderabad and Bangalore was the need of the hour for Chennai, he said.
Alleging that successive state governments, including the DMK regime, were insensitive to infrastructure needs, he said if the authorities wanted to go in for a new greenfield airport, funds would not be a constraint. NRIs from the state were prepared to pump in Rs 10,000 crore for the project, Rudy said.
He said BJP supported the protest against expansion of the existing runway as 4,829 houses and 21 temples would have to be demolished. The residents of these houses have already been given demolition notices, he said.
Rudy said the BJP would take up the issue in Parliament and a group of party leaders from the state would call on the prime minister and other Central ministers to demand that the expansion plan be given up.