Bharatiya Janata Party national president Nitin Gadkari on Saturday blamed the Congress-led Centre for the price rise and unemployment and the DMK-led State government for the power and water crises in Tamil Nadu.

Addressing a public meeting in Chennai, his first in the State after becoming party president, Mr. Gadkari said the Centre's “wrong policies” were responsible for the various ills plaguing the country. For political gain and for vote-bank politics, the Congress government at the Centre was appeasing the minorities and terrorist organisations, which, he said, would endanger the country's unity and integrity.

Criticising the Congress and other secular political parties for describing the BJP as a communal party, Mr. Gadkari said the party was for justice for all irrespective of caste and creed. It was not against the minorities but was against terrorists, Maoists and Pakistan's ISI. Pointing out that the BJP had made A.P.J. Abdul Kalam the President of the country, he said the party was for a secular judiciary, a secular military, a secular media and a secular administration.

The BJP president also criticised the State government for the poor power and water supply situation in Tamil Nadu.

If only the BJP had continued in power at the Centre, it would have created a situation without power cuts or water problems.

He assured the people that if the party returned to power at the Centre in 2014, its first priority would be linking of rivers, and the Centre would be able to provide 4,000 TMC of Ganga water to the Cauvery and uninterrupted power supply to Tamil Nadu.

Appeal to party workers

He wanted party workers to make door-to-door visits to explain to the people the correct picture and make the party strong at the grassroots.

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