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“Third Front cannot project a Prime Ministerial candidate because of the fear of disintegration”

Cadre told that development will be one of the key spotlight areas of the party

COIMBATORE: With a cut-out of the image of the Ram Temple planned at Ayodhya as the backdrop, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s district youth wing’s conference here on Sunday had all the trappings of an election campaign.

State office-bearers led by president L. Ganesan and H. Raja and district officer-bearers swore by Varun Gandhi, compared party Prime Ministerial candidate with incumbent Manmohan Singh and pledged to bring about a ceasefire in Sri Lanka if the BJP was voted to power in the Lok Sabha elections.

“We will field an honest candidate in Coimbatore who will look after the constituency well. Other parties may also field good persons, but check for the credibility of the party and the alliance it belongs to,” Mr. Ganesan said.

“Vote with a clear focus on who should become the Prime Minister, but everyone including the new voters should cast their votes,” he said.

“The Third Front cannot project a Prime Ministerial candidate now because of the fear that it will disintegrate immediately,” he remarked.

Mr. Ganesan assailed the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam for suspecting his party’s secular credentials and accused the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) of taking the electorate for granted.

“What else can one say about the PMK members remaining in the United Progressive Alliance Government till the last minute and then switching over to the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam-led front?”

Sri Lankan Tamils issue

Mr. Raja accused the Central Government, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi of letting Tamils in Sri Lanka down, and thereby those in Tamil Nadu and the rest of the world. They did not strive hard to bring about a ceasefire in Sri Lanka. By not taking concrete measures, the Indian Government had allowed the Sri Lankan Government and its Army to wipe out innocent Tamils in its war against the proscribed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, he said.

State secretary of the party G.K.S. Selvakumar and National Council Member S.R. Seghar rejected the charges that the BJP was communal and told the party cadre that development would be one of the key focus areas of the party.