TAMIL NADU

A provocative plan: Swamy

MADURAI OCT. 28. The Janata Party president, Subramanian Swamy, today urged the Government to restrain the Vishwa Hindu Parishad international general secretary, Praveen Togadia, from distributing tridents here on October 30. (The city police have since denied permission for the distribution.)

It is a ``provocative act which will disrupt communal harmony and peace in this part of the State. If he insists on going ahead with the programme, the police should take him into preventive custody,'' Dr. Swamy said here.

The VHP was ``making attempts to give a `Hindutva' twist to Thevar jayanthi celebrations. Mr. Togadia should not pollute the memory of Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar, who dedicated his life to the cause of communal amity. The trident should be confined to places of worship and there is no religious sanction for ordinary persons carrying it.''

On the Government's decision to hand over retail sale of Indian-made Foreign Spirit to the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation, Dr. Swamy said the administration should instead concentrate on economic development and maintenance of law and order.

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