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Ayodhya one reason for quitting NDA, says Karunanidhi

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Artistes performing `Kurukshetra' criticising the AIADMK Government at a DMK election campaign at Tiruvottriyur in Chennai on Thursday. — Photo: V. Ganesan

CHENNAI, MAY 6. In a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party-All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam alliance, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president, M. Karunanidhi, today described the combine as the ``personification of contradictions''.

Addressing a public meeting at Kaladipet, Tiruvottiyur, here in support of C. Kuppusamy, DMK nominee for the North Chennai constituency, he explained that George Fernandes, convener of the National Democratic Alliance for the past four or five years, came to the State to campaign in support of a candidate in the Chidambaram Lok Sabha constituency, who is pitted against the BJP nominee. When such was the confusion in the NDA, the Prime Minister, A.B.Vajpayee, on Wednesday described the Democratic Progressive Alliance as `opportunistic' and one without policies. What policy do you have in your alliance?, Mr.Karunanidhi asked Mr.Vajpayee.

Referring to Mr. Vajpayee's criticism of the Congress having alliance with the DMK in the context of the Jain Commission report, Mr. Karunanidhi said the final report gave a clean chit to him and the DMK. It was only after this that the Congress entered into an alliance with his party.

The BJP-AIADMK alliance was akin to an alliance between ``a mouse and a cat'' or between a ``mongoose and a snake''. He recalled how Mr.Vajpayee himself said that he underwent mental torture when the BJP was in alliance with the AIADMK earlier. After she quit the alliance, the AIADMK leader, Jayalalithaa, levelled several charges against the BJP-led government at the Centre.

Referring to Mr.Vajpayee's poser that the DMK should explain why it quit the NDA, Mr.Karunanidhi said the Ayodhya issue was one reason. Was that not sufficient, he asked.

The DPA was for communal harmony and that was why it insisted that a secular government be formed at the Centre.

Earlier, talking to reporters, Mr.Karunanidhi said the Union Government did not even ask the DMK what its demands were. He said several representations were made to the Union Government for repealing the Prevention of Terrorism Act, but it was not withdrawn. After persistent demands a review committee was announced, but Ms. Jayalalithaa did not accept it. Still Mr.Vajpayee dared not question her, he said.

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