The Bharatiya Janata Party will organise a women's rally against the promotion of liquor trade in Tamil Nadu, party national general secretary P. Muralidhar Rao said on Tuesday.

Referring to reports that liquor worth Rs. 150 crore was sold on Deepavali, he said generation of revenue should not be at the cost of savings, social health and families.

He said the BJP had devised programmes to attract different section of voters, particularly the youth. People from various walks of like, including many not connected either with the BJP or its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, were showing interest in working for a change. The party would utilise the non-conventional media to reach out to the first-time voters in the age bracket of 18 and 25 years. The first meeting of the party's campaign committee would be held in Chennai on November 18 to finalise the calendar of programmes for the election campaign.

"In the coming months, we will have friends in the south. Our focus is on enhancing BJP's tally from the south. Any party that is unequivocally opposed to the Congress misrule can become our friend...there should not be one stand in Chennai and another in Delhi. BJP is the core of anti-Congress formation," Mr. Rao said.

On India's participation in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo, he said the State unit of the BJP had taken a stand, which was communicated to the party's highest leadership. "I feel that without satisfying the Tamil people, doing any business with Sri Lanka will not benefit India. So the Union Government has to decide on how it is going to deal with the matter. The Prime Minister should make clear how his participation in CHOGM will benefit the country. The BJP's national leadership has not taken any formal decision on the issue yet."

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