TAMIL NADU

Neither ruling party nor Opposition interested in people's welfare: BJP

UDHAGAMANDALAM, MARCH 11. The BJP's State unit president, C.P. Radhakrishnan, today said the recent developments in the Assembly showed that neither the ruling party nor the opposition were interested in the welfare of the people. He was replying to a query at a press conference on the eviction of the DMK members and their walkout along with the Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) allies. Mr. Radhakrishnan said that the developments had shown that neither the ruling party nor the opposition was interested in the welfare of the people.

He said though the DMK president, Karunanidhi, criticised the opposition for interrupting the proceedings in the Parliament, he was not reining in the opposition in Tamil Nadu. He said Mr. Karunanidhi had not gone to the tsunami affected areas citing ill health but he had rushed to Anna Salai where some MLAs were staging a road blockade. Whether part of the ruling combine or in the opposition, the BJP had always played a constructive role, he said. Responding to another question, he said, "I am for a coalition government in Tamil Nadu."

"If a coalition government could be formed at the Centre and some of the States, I don't see any reason for such a system not being adopted in Tamil Nadu." Since both the DMK and the AIADMK were ``self-serving entities'', a coalition set-up would be ideal. Pointing out that there was no alliance between the BJP and the AIADMK, he said that a high-level meeting of the State BJP would be held during the first week of April at Chennai to draw up a strategy for the coming Assembly elections. The possibility of the State and parliamentary elections being held together would also be discussed. Apart from the core group of the Tamil Nadu BJP, the former National President of the party, Venkaiah Naidu, would also participate. The BJP and its electoral partners would field candidates in all the constituencies.