Asserting that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would forge a leading alliance in Tamil Nadu for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, State party president Pon. Radhakrishnan said the party was not disappointed by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s decision.

Talking to reporters after distributing solar lamps to fishermen in Dhanushkodi near here on Wednesday, he said the BJP never aspired to forge an alliance with the DMK, and its decision not to ally with the Congress or the BJP had not disappointed the party.

Replying to a question, he said the party was happy that Gandhiya Makkal Iyakkam founder Tamizharuvi Manian was making efforts to make the Pattali Makkal Katchi, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam form an alliance with the BJP.

He said the arrest of fishermen from Tamil Nadu by the Sri Lankan Navy would continue as long as the Congress-led UPA government was in power at the Centre.

Terming the arrest of India’s Deputy Consul General in New York Devyani Khobragade by the US authorities shameful, Mr.Radhakrishnan recalled that the US had humiliated former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in the past, and said such humiliations would continue as long as the country had a “weak Prime Minister.”

India would command respect from other countries, including the US and Pakistan, only when Narendra Modi became Prime Minister, he noted.

He said after coming to power at the Centre, the BJP would restore road and rail links to Dhanushkodi, which were devastated in the 1964 cyclonic storm. 

He thanked local leader Haja Sayeed Ibrahim, grandson of Mr.Kalam, and Sheik Saleem, coordinator of the Mission of Life Gallery, for helping the BJP in providing solar lamps to fishermen. Mr.Saleem said 100 solar lamps, each valued at Rs.6,000, were given free of cost by We Serve Foundation, a voluntary organisation.

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