Staff Reporter

“The BJP is extending overt support to keep Christians and Muslims away from SDA candidate”

TIRUNELVELI: The Manithaneya Makkal Katchi has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of attempting to drive a wedge between the minority voters of Tenkasi Lok Sabha seat and Puthiya Thamizhagam president K. Krishnasamy.

Speaking to reporters here on Sunday, district secretary of Manithaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK) S. Mohamed Rafeeq said the cadres of Bharatiya Janata Party, with their party flags, were wantonly accompanying the Puthiya Thamizhagam cadres during the election campaign of PT’s candidate for Tenkasi Lok Sabah seat K. Krishnasamy, “with the objective of discouraging the minorities from supporting the physician”.

“At a time when Dr. Krishnasamy has forged an electoral alliance with the MMK and formed Social Democratic Alliance, the BJP cadres are extending overt support to him so that they want to keep the Christians and Muslims away from the SDA candidate. In the guise of mobilising support for Dr. Krishnasamy, they in fact want to see his defeat in this election. But they will not succeed in their attempt as the MMK will always uphold the alliance dharma,” Mr. Rafeeq said.

He said the MMK would organise a series of demonstrations after the elections were over in protest against the “lathi charge on Muslims and assault of Muslim youths by the police” during the finalisation of tender for awarding rights of administering the Corporation’s weekly ‘shandi’ in Melapalayam. Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam office-bearers A. Maideen Farook, secretary I. Usman Khan and K.S. Rasool Maideen were present.