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BJP: Join hands to defeat DMK-Congress combine

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Party taking steps to strengthen State unit: Pon. Radhakrishnan

VELLORE: The Assembly elections have provided an opportunity to the people to defeat the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, which has joined hands with Congress to indulge in corruption, said Pon. Radhakrishnan, Tamil Nadu State president of the Bharathiya Janata Party.

Talking to newspersons here on Monday, Mr. Radhakrishnan, who was here to attend a marriage, said that under the circumstances, all Opposition parties should join hands with the goal of defeating the DMK-Congress alliance in the elections without expecting any benefit. He called for a deep probe into the allegations that the money involved in the 2-G spectrum scam has been transferred to Kalaignar TV. He wanted the people to bring about a change by ushering in a corruption-free government after the elections.

Condemning the act of the External Affairs Minister in reading out the prepared text of the speech of the Portuguese Minister in the United Nations, Mr. Radhakrishnan said that this was an example of the manner in which the Prime Minister and other union ministers were discharging their duties.

The state BJP president said that the BJP was taking steps to strengthen the party in Tamil Nadu to enable the party to stand on its own. During the forthcoming elections, the party would highlight the issues of corruption of the Central and Tamil Nadu governments, price rise and pseudo-secularism, he said.

Mr. Radhakrishnan said that though the decision of the DMK government to increase the pension for government employees was praiseworthy, the decision to increase it on a slab basis to those in the age group of 80 to 100 was ridiculous. It would have been appropriate if the pension of those above the age of 80 had been doubled, he said.

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