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"Secular govt needed"

DMK leder Karunanidhi said that the people favoured a government that promoted secularism at the centre and were not much concerned who led it.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Pondicherry
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2004 02:47 PM IST

The DMK has said that the people favoured a government that promoted secularism at the centre and were not much concerned who led it.

Addressing an election function at Tirubuvanai near here last night, party President M Karunanidhi said people were concerned of having a secular government and were against a government that whipped up communal sentiments.

The question of who led the government was not a big issue before the electorate, he said while campaigning for the DPA candidate Prof Ramadoss of PMK.

Referring to some senior BJP leaders raising the issue of constructing a temple at Ayodhya, Karunanidhi said such matters should not be made poll issue in parliamentary elections.

Karunanidhi said he was not against construction of temples. But such an exercise should not disturb the sentiments of a certain section of people, he said.

Karunanidi said the constituents of the Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) led by his party were committed to promoting secularism and communal harmony.

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