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Too many PM aspirants in Opposition: Ganesan

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, MAY 9. "Constituents of the Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) are trying to divert the voters' attention, raising purely local issues in the Lok Sabha election after realising that it would be difficult to counter the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam - Bharatiya Janata Party (AIADMK- BJP) front's campaign for a stable Government under the leadership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee," said the BJP national secretary, L. Ganesan, today.

Appealing to the electorate to vote for the AIADMK-BJP front to enable Mr. Vajpayee become Prime Minister to continue the developmental works, he said the Opposition parties were a shambles. They could not decide on the prime ministerial candidate as there were too many aspirants including, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Laloo Prasad Yadav, the former Prime Minister, Chandrashekar and Sharad Pawar.

The Congress, which reconciled to a possible "humiliating defeat," had publicly announced that the party would elect Sonia Gandhi as the Prime Minister only if it got an absolute majority. This showed that it was not sure of its victory, Mr. Ganesan said talking to newsmen here.

Criticising Ms. Gandhi for levelling corruption charges against the BJP-led government, Mr. Ganesan said she had no locus standi to talk about corruption as her party was wreathed in it. She entered politics only to protect herself from various corruption charges, he said.

Asserting that it was only during the National Democratic Alliance rule that justice was done to delta farmers in getting Cauvery water, Mr. Ganesan said it was Ms. Gandhi who let them down. It was an irony that Ms. Gandhi, who had failed to direct her party government in Karnataka to release water when the farmers were in distress, was now assuring them that she would get water if her party was returned to power.

He said in a federal structure, States should honour the interests of neighbouring States.

Mr. Ganesan wanted to know whether the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, which said that it withdrew from the NDA as the BJP deviated from the common agenda on construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, was endorsing the Congress stand that it would abide by a court decision or a mutual agreement between the parties. He said the Congress stand was the same as that of the BJP. Mr. Ganesan was confident that the AIADMK-BJP front would emerge victorious with a substantial number of MPs supporting the NDA.

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