BJP attacks Dravidian parties
BJP charged the Dravidian parties with being unable to address the pressing issues of the people of Tamil Nadu.india Updated: Mar 23, 2006 20:14 IST
BJP on Sunday night charged the Dravidian parties with being unable to address the pressing issues of the people of Tamil Nadu, including unemployment, despite being in power for several decades.
"Consecutive regimes of DMK and AIADMK were unable to address issues of the people, including unemployment," party president Rajnath Singh said, kicking off the saffron party's campaign for the May 8 Assembly polls in the state.
Urging the electorate to give BJP an opportunity, he said this would enable the state to be brought into the "mainstream politics".
Alleging that the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre was pursuing Muslim appeasement policy with an eye on the vote bank, he charged that party with trying to divide the country on the basis of religion.
"The Congress party is acting like a communal party," he said.
Stating that the BJP did not favour reservation on the basis of religion, he claimed that the party was not against providing reservation to economically and educationally backward classes.
Referring to the controversy over the cartoons published in a Danish daily on prophet Mohammed, he urged Muslim intellectuals to take the initiative and stop the Left parties from "communalising" international issues.
Speaking at the meeting, BJP National Secretary L Ganesan claimed that Congress would never come to power in Tamil Nadu and now "there was an opportunity for nationalist forces like BJP in the state".