Special Correspondent

For implementation of ‘Annadhanam’ scheme launched by AIADMK regime

CHENNAI: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday suggested that the State government provide subsidised rice to temples for implementation of the ‘Annadhanam’ scheme launched by the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam regime.

Responding to questions on the Re.1 a kg rice scheme, L. Ganesan, State president, told reporters at the BJP headquarters that he had reservations whether all ration card holders, numbering 1.86 crore, were in need of rice at Re.1. Still, if the government was keen on providing rice at such a price, it should make it available to temples for the Annadhanam scheme. People, irrespective of their economic status, would enthusiastically associate themselves with such a scheme, he said, explaining the rationale behind his suggestion.

Asked for his reaction to the statement by Electricity Minister Arcot N. Veeraswami that load shedding for longer hours was in force in BJP-ruled Karnataka, Mr. Ganesan wondered why the State government should compare itself with other States only on the issue of power shortage.

On two Indians suffering injuries in the recent attack by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka, the BJP president said he wanted the Centre to spell out its policy clearly on the island nation’s ethnic question. Expression of solidarity in support of the demand for legitimate rights of Tamils was different from supporting the LTTE. When Sri Lanka had no enemies and it was given arms and ammunition, there was every possibility of the weapons being used against innocent Tamils under the garb of attacking the LTTE.

To a query, he confirmed that a notice had been issued by the central disciplinary committee to the former State president C.P. Radhakrishnan in the context of an intra-party fracas at Coimbatore in March.