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Janata Party working for a third front

Special Correspondent

`In successive DMK and AIADMK rules, State lost its self-respect'

CHENNAI: The Janata Party is working for a third front in Tamil Nadu as an alternative to the Dravidian parties.

Party president Subramanian Swamy told newsmen here on Wednesday that he was trying to rope in parties having faith in "spiritualism with national perspective." Apart form the Bharatiya Janata Party, some factions of the Forward Bloc would be the constituents of the front, to be formed before the Assembly elections.

Regretting that the State was "fast losing its identity in national politics," Dr. Swamy alleged that during the successive rule of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, the State had lost its "self-respect." To regain it the third front was essential.

`Name airport after Thevar'

He urged the State Government to take steps to name the Madurai airport after freedom fighter the late Muthuramalinga Thevar and convert his house in Madurai into a national monument. Dr. Swamy demanded formation of a university in Thevar's name with headquarters at Ramanathapuram. He would be attending Thevar's "guru puja" at Kamudi.

Dr. Swamy saw a systematic design of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the "frequent visits" of Tamil MPs of Sri Lanka to the State. He suspected infiltration of LTTE men into the State through such trips and wanted the State Government to step up vigil.

Dr. Swamy would be participating in the second meeting of the Hindu dharma Acharya Sabha, consisting of heads of Mutts and mandaleswars, being held in Mumbai from October 16 to18. He claimed he was the only political leader invited for the meeting.

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