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Swamy sees insecurity among minorities

RAMANATHAPURAM, FEB 26. The people belonging to minority communities will always live in fear if the Bharatiya Janata Party is voted to power again in the coming Lok Sabha elections, the Janata Party president, Subramanian Swamy, told presspersons at Pasumpon village on Thursday.

Dr. Swamy said the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance had failed to ensure the welfare of minorities and it was evident from the fact that Muslims were put to untold hardships in Gujarat. "They feel a sense of insecurity throughout the country."

The Government should take necessary steps to arrest the general secretary of the MDMK, Vaiko, if he continued to support the LTTE or praise its leader in public meetings.

No party would get simple majority in the coming Lok Sabha elections, he said and predicted a hung Parliament.

Dr. Swamy wondered how the DMK president, M. Karunanidhi, could tolerate the issue of the foreign origin of the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, as he had termed the former Chief Minister, M.G. Ramachandran, a Malayalee when the AIADMK formed the Government in the State.

Dr. Swamy urged the Government to give no objection certificate to the Central Government to name the Madurai airport as Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar Airport. The State Government had twice rejected the requisition of the Central Government.

The Janata Party would approach the court to issue a direction to the State Government in this connection after the elections.

Earlier, speaking at a function organised by the family of Muthuramalinga Thevar in recognition of his (Dr. Swamy's) efforts in installing the Thevar statue in Parliament House, Dr. Swamy said the Janata Party would take the necessary steps to set up a modern university in the name of Thevar at Pasumpon.

He appealed to the Government to include the life history of Thevar as one of the subjects in the college curriculum in order to facilitate the younger generation to know about the heroic deeds of Thevar and his dedication towards the betterment of society.