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N Ravikumar
Tribune News Service

Chennai, March 8
BJP leader L K Advani has kicked off his party’s Lok Sabha campaign from Kanyakumari, the southern tip of the nation, with the allegation that the UPA government had failed to stop the killing of Tamil people in Sri Lanka.

Speaking at a public meeting at the district capital Nagercoil last night, Advani held the Congress-led government responsible for the plight of the island Tamils. The UPA government had not taken any step to save them, the BJP leader charged.

Referring to his participation in the hunger strike organised by MDMK leader Vaiko against the Centre’s Sri Lankan policy, Advani said: “When people from Tamil Nadu went to New Delhi to conduct an agitation for the cause of innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka, the organisers invited me.

Without hesitation, I attended the agitation to express the BJP’s solidarity with the Tamil people.

“I appreciate the people of Tamil Nadu for caring about the condition of Tamils in Sri Lanka. I can understand the anguish and concern of people of Tamil Nadu for their brethern being killed in Sri Lanka”, Advani said and asked the people to compare the previous BJP government’s performance with that of the Congress.

Criticising the foreign policy of the UPA government, Advani said the UPA government had failed on all fronts, including in preventing infiltration of terrorists from Bangladesh, terrorism from Pakistan and Naxal activities in various States. It was also guilty of not protecting the interests and welfare of innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka, he charged.

When terrorists backed by Pakistan attacked the Parliament House, five of them were shot dead by security personnel, he said. But when the Supreme Court delivered a clear-cut judgment to hang one of those who masterminded the attack, the Congress-led government was reluctant to execute the verdict fearing that the party might lose the minority vote bank, he said.

Revealing the poll plank of the BJP, Advani said the party would give priority to good governance, development and security of the nation. He said good governance meant not only efficient governance but also honest governance.

Coming out with the party’s election promises, he said: “The BJP will take care of the middle class, the poor and downtrodden, if the party is voted to power. Steps will also been taken to interlink all rivers to ensure the livelihood for farmers and economic growth”.

“Wherever I visit, people offer overwhelming support to the BJP as they are fed up with the rule of the United Progressive Alliance,” he added.

Earlier, he introduced the BJP candidate for Kanyakumari Pon. Radhakrishnan to the people.

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