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DMK plot to delay polls: Jaya

A day after the wife of a Dalit leader was murdered near Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu CM went on the offensive.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 14:37 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

A day after the wife of a Dalit leader was murdered near Tuticorin, raising fears of caste clashes, Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa went on the offensive, accusing Opposition parties of conspiring to postpone the elections.

Referring to the assault on Pasupathi Pandian and his wife Jacintha, she singled out the DMK for criticism, alleging it was planning to unleash violence and trig ger caste clashes so the Centre would impose governor's rule in the state.

"They want to create a situation by which the Election Commission, citing law and order, will postpone the elections beyond May 21, when the assembly's term ends, and thereafter impose governor's rule to conduct elections under their own nominees," Jay alalithaa said during her election campaign in Madurai on Saturday. The Opposition has chosen this desperate route, the AIADMK chief said, because all opinion polls have predicted an AIADMK sweep.

But despite Jayalalithaa's aggressive stance, it is certain the murder is a blemish on the state government's record in maintaining communal harmony and preventing caste clashes in the sensitive southern districts, where Thevars and Dalits used to be at each other's throats. Pandian is an accused in 10 murder cases and his wife could have been killed by the relatives of one of his victims, sources say. "It is too premature to give a caste angle to the incident but we're probing that as well," a police officer said.

First Published: Apr 09, 2006 14:37 IST