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Asserting that the BJP had no track record of ``stabbing any party in the back'' or being cause for anyone to leave the alliance, Mr Radhakrishnan told presspersons that the DMK had unilaterally decided to break the relationship with it at the State level.
``As far as we are concerned, any tie-up should exist not only at the Centre but also at the State level. We do not distinguish between the two,'' he told the media after his election.
Support for good schemes
Mr. Radhakrishnan, a two-time Lok Sabha member from Coimbatore, said ``we will support all good schemes of the State (AIADMK) Government. Take the Annadhanam scheme. Actually, it is one of our party's basic programmes. Similarly, the law on forcible conversions. How can anyone expect us to oppose the State Government for these measures?''
On his priorities, Mr. Radhakrishnan said he would like to widen the party base among Dalits and minorities and clear their misconceptions about the BJP.
Earlier, the national vice-president and the election officer, Bal Apte, declared Mr. Radhakrishnan unanimously elected. He succeeds S. P. Kirubanidhi. Also, 39 persons from the State were elected to the national council.
The Union Ministers of State, S. Thirunavukkarasar and Pon. Radhakrishnan, were among those who congratulated the new president. The national secretary, L. Ganesan, and the MLA and State general secretary, H. Raja, said Hinduvta would continue to be the governing principle of the party. In a press release, the party announced the constitution of a 35-member State working committee.
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