"People want a change"

PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Coimbatore
May 14, 2004 07:30 PM IST

TN BJP president Radhakrishnan has attributed the reverse trend against NDA in the state on the change of mood of the people.

Tamil Nadu BJP president CP Radhakrishnan on Thursday attributed the reverse trend against NDA, particularly the BJP-AIADMK combine in Tamil Nadu, to the mood of the people, 'who want and prefer a change.'

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"People may be thinking for a change and as a result, an anti-government wave is sweeping across the state," he said at the counting centre for the Coimbatore Lok Sabha constituency.

"We accept defeat," Radhakrishnan, the party candidate from the constituency, said, adding that "we fought the polls on the plank of uplinking national rivers from the Ganges to Cauvery, while DMK chief, M Karunanidhi fought for tap water."

On whether the NDA would again tap the doors of the DMK to form a government at the Centre, the BJP leader, who was seeking a hat trick, said "that is not my job. It is somebody else's job."

"At present, we are in alliance with a party -- success or defeat, we will stay with it," Radhakrishnan, who was leaving midway during the counting, as the trend favoured his rival CPI candidate, K Subbarayan, said.

Meanwhile, an upbeat Subbarayan said that 'this is a historical verdict against fascist and authoritarian rule."

Former Tamil Nadu minister and DMK district president, Pongalur N Palanisamy termed the trend as "a victory for the Democratic Progressive Alliance, led by DMK."

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