Opposition leader in the Lok Sabha and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushma Swaraj made a fervent appeal to the Tamil Nadu electorate on Friday to elect good number of party candidates to the Tamil Nadu Assembly on April 13 so that they would discharge the duty of an “accountable Opposition party” for the welfare of the Tamils.

“We know very well that we cannot become a ruling party this time, but we can be a highly responsible Opposition party in the Tamil Nadu Assembly,” she said in an election campaign meeting held at Paavoorchathram in the district on Friday.

She said the BJP, which ensured good governance and the development of quality infrastructure in the country such as Golden Quadrilateral, river-linking projects etc. when it was in power, was discharging the duty of a responsible Opposition party by raising its voice in the constructive fashion against 2G spectrum scam, inflation, Adharsh Apartment scam, Commonwealth Games scam so that it had paved way for the conduct of proper enquiries into these corruptions.

“The BJP stalled the proceedings of the Parliament after these corruptions were made public, since the present Congress Government at the Centre is the most corrupt government after Independence. At the same time, the BJP also gives due importance to the regional issues that affect any part of the country like the attack on Tamil Nadu fishermen,” Ms. Sushma noted.

Recalling her visit to Puspavanam village in Nagapattinam district after two fishermen were killed by the Sri Lankan Navy on the high seas, she said the virulent protests by the BJP in and outside the Parliament were the main reason behind the cessation of the attack that consumed the lives of over 500 Tamil fishermen in the past two decades.

She also noted that the BJP, during its meeting with the Minister for External Affairs, S.M. Krishna, and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, underlined the need for ensuring “dignified rehabilitation” for the internally displaced Sri Lankan Tamils. “The BJP, which is now discharging the duties of a reliable Opposition party in the Parliament for the betterment of every Indian, will do it in the Tamil Nadu Assembly also. Hence, the voters should cast their votes in favour of the BJP candidates,” Ms. Sushma appealed.

She also criticised the governments that were giving religion-based reservations. State BJP president Pon. Radhakrishnan said the DMK had ruined the State and the country by corruptions.

Nagercoil

BJP leader Sushma Swaraj has appealed to the people to cast their votes as per their conscience. Speaking to presspersons here on Friday she said that the BJP candidates fielded in the six Assembly constituencies including in Kanyakumari, Nagercoil, Colachel, Padmanabhapuram, Vilavancvode and Killiyur segments would win as the people were looking for a change. The poor, down-trodden and middleclass people were put to untold hardship owing to the price rise of essential commodities. They were fed up with the anti-people policies of the State government.

She further added that the BJP was against ‘cash for vote' concept adopted by a few political parties. Hence she appealed to the voters to cast their votes as per their conscience. The presence of BJP candidates would definitely affect the poll prospects of both the DMK and AIADMK candidates.

The BJP was giving its moral support to social activist Anna Hazare. The issues raised by him should be discussed in all party meeting to find an early solution.

While addressing an election campaign at Thuckalay she said that during the BJP regime the four-laning work was taken up. The representatives of Vellalar community met her in Nagercoil and she assured them that necessary steps would be taken to include them in Backward Class category. Later she introduced the candidates Pon. Radhakrishnan of Nagercoil Assembly segment, M. R. Gandhi of Kanyakumari Assembly segment, Kumari R Ramesh of Colachel Assembly segment, G. Sujith Kumar of Padmanabhapuram Assembly segment, R. Jeyaseelan of Vilavancode Assembly segment and J. Chandra Kumar of Killiyur Assembly segment.