BJP dividing country on communal lines: Antony

PALAKKAD, APRIL 24. The Chief Minister, A.K. Antony, has said that the Governments at the Centre and the States are dividing people on communal lines like the British who ruled India through the policy of divide and rule.

Addressing a public meeting at Mannarkkad town as part of his Navodhana Yatra today, the Chief Minister said that the Lok Sabha elections this time were more crucial than all the previous ones because the question was to save the unity and integrity of the country from communal forces like the BJP.

He said that the BJP was trying to divide the people as Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Sikhs. "The people of the country have to live in love and brotherhood. This is the tradition and strength. But the forces of communalism and casteism are trying to destroy the harmony," he said.

The secular front, under the leadership of the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, was trying to save the country's time-tested secular fabric," he said. Later, addressing a press conference at Mannarkkad, the Chief Minister said that the BJP Government at the Centre was

discriminating against the State Government by not giving even a single paise for drought relief when the State was reeling under unprecedented severe drought.

Mr. Antony criticised the attitude taken by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, J. Jayalalithaa, who did not even bother to reply to his letters requesting to permit the pumping of dead storage water from the inter-State Parambikulam Aliyar Project (PAP) for providing drinking water in Chittur.

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