Swamy slams Bishops’ Council for seeking votes for DMK-Cong
The directives by the Tamil Nadu Bishops’ Council and Church of South India (CSI) asking the believers to extend support to the DMK-Congress alliance for the May 16 election to the State Assembly came under fire from senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. Addressing an election rally at Madurai on Sunday, Swamy said, “Those who talk of secularism, is this a proper thing to do? This kind of politics will ruin the country.”
Condemning the statements issued by the Churches, Swamy said the BJP had not asked Sadhus or Monks or the Acharyas to appeal to the Hindus to vote for his party. “This is against all norms specified in the Representation of People’s Act and we will not hesitate to approach the Election Commission of India against the TNBC and the CSI,” said Swamy.
He said the BJP candidate at Royapuram in Chennai, R Jemeela, was denied entry into a church when she went for Sunday Mass. Swamy blamed the Church authorities for openly urging believers to cast votes for DMK-Congress alliance.
Launching a severe attack on both the AIADMK and the DMK which ruled the State for the last 50 years for not doing anything for the development of Tamil Nadu, Swamy said the legal war for raising the water level in Mullaperiyar Dam was waged by him in the Supreme Court. “The Supreme Court verdict for raising the water level in the Dam to 142 ft was delivered against the petition filed by me. But Jayalalithaa is claiming the credit for the same. Similarly I only got the Union Government to install a statue of freedom fighter Muthuramalinga Thevar at the Madurai airport. But Jayalalithaa claims that it was her work,” said the BJP leader accusing the AIADMK supremo for claiming credit for the works done by him.
Addressing a rally at Sriperumbudur late Saturday seeking votes for the BJP candidate M Manoharan, Swamy lambasted the Indian National Congress for fielding a candidate known for his LTTE affiliation. “Sriperumbudur is a place which bears painful memories of the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, a youthful former Prime Minister. The Congress has fielded Selva Perunthagai, a candidate who has dubious deals and ties with the LTTE. He is the same person who has criticised Indian Government for not being lenient to the LTTE terrorists. How is it possible for the Congress party to field such a candidate who has links with the assassins of Rajiv Gandhi?” asked Swamy.
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