Staff Reporter

Over Lankan Tamils, price rise issues: Naidu

TIRUCHI: Price rise and Sri Lankan Tamils issue would affect the Congress and its key ally the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in the Lok Sabha elections, senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Venkaiah Naidu claimed on Sunday.

The general public were angry with the Congress on the way it was handling the Lankan Tamils issue and price rise, Mr. Naidu told the media here.

Charging the Congress-led Central government with not having taken the Tamils issue seriously, he claimed that it failed to intervene in an “effective manner” despite having good relations with Sri Lanka. The Centre was paying only “lip sympathy” and not done anything concrete on this issue. Though the Congress and the DMK boasted that there was a ceasefire in the island nation, firing was continuing. “What has the Prime Minister and the Congress done to ameliorate the sufferings of Lankan Tamils?” he asked. The need of the hour was rehabilitation and relief.

The BJP, he said, was for a solution within the unity of Sri Lanka ensuring equal rights for Tamils and proportional representation. The BJP, if elected, would see to it that the Tamils lived with dignity and honour in the island nation and had a say in the political system of that country, Mr. Naidu said.

The Communists were equally responsible for the ills and failures of the United Progressive Alliance government as they had been supporting the Centre for nearly four-and-a-half years.

Terming the Third Front as a “mirage”, he said it had no leader; no agreed programme and agenda and no pre-poll alliance. He claimed that the BJP would emerge as the single largest party and form the next government at the Centre.