Special Correspondent

Action should not be delayed for political reasons

MADURAI: The Centre must take serious note of recent seizure of material used for making explosives along the Tamil Nadu coast and reinforce security, State Bharatiya Janata Party president L. Ganesan demanded on Thursday.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Ganesan said the Centre should pay equal attention to the south, especially the Tamil Nadu and Kerala coast, as it does to the northwest and the northeast.

He said smuggling of explosives would not happen without local support. Security agencies should identify local persons who had nexus with extremists and bring them to book.

Action should not be delayed for political reasons.

The Tamil Nadu and Kerala coast should be brought under "intensive surveillance," he said, referring to Defence Minister A. K. Antony's statement that the seizure was only "the tip of an iceberg."

Corporation polls

Mr. Ganesan said the manner in which the Chennai Corporation byelections were held was a matter of concern for those who believed in democracy. Right from filing nomination papers till declaration of results, Opposition candidates faced problems. The objective for which the Madras High Court ordered the poll was totally lost. Now that the byelections were over, the Government could think of shifting the State Election Commissioner.

Objecting to the transfer of T. Udhayachandran as Madurai Collector, Mr. Ganesan said the Government had earned a bad name by its action.