TAMIL NADU

Pennagaram: a great loss for democracy, says BJP leader

Staff Reporter

MADURAI: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's victory in the Pennagaram by-election had a concealed message and if one did a methodical analysis of the polling pattern and the percentage of votes garnered one could see that the ruling party had indeed lost 3,000 votes, claimed Pon. Radhakrishnan, State president, Bharatiya Janata Party.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Mr. Pon Radhakrishnan said that the difference in margin of victory when compared to earlier by-elections held at Tirumangalam and Tiruchendur was very small as the votes garnered by Pattali Makkal Katchi and All India Anna Dravida Munnetera Kazhagam showed.

Aversion

This reflected the erosion in vote base and also people's aversion towards DMK government.

DMK's victory was a great loss for democracy, he said. If all the political parties came together, the DMK could be defeated.

He alleged that law and order had become a major problem, power cuts had become more than frequent and price rise was the order of the day.

Own responsibility

He said that the DMK government should own responsibility if the pass percentage in Class X and XII examinations came down.

Small industries have been largely affected due to power cuts, leading to major problems, he added.