DMK doesn’t respect democracy, says BJP President JP Nadda in Tamil Nadu

It was Modi who changed the 'political culture' in the country by introducing transparency and accountability in administration, Nadda said.

ByPTI

Published Feb 12, 2024 | 8:36 AMUpdated Feb 12, 2024 | 8:36 AM

DMK doesn’t respect democracy, says BJP President JP Nadda in Tamil Nadu

BJP President JP Nadda, on Sunday, 11 February, accused Tamil Nadu’s ruling DMK of “lacking wisdom” and alleged that it does not have “basic respect” for democracy.

Slamming the Opposition INDIA bloc as a “family, dynasty alliance”, and one of “property” and “corruption”, he listed parties including the Congress, Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress, and the DMK, and said that “birds of a feather flock together.”

He hit out at AAP top leader Arvind Kejriwal, the NCP under Sharad Pawar, the Shiv Sena group under Uddhav Thackeray, and Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav. The BJP chief also targeted Andhra Pradesh’s ruling YSRCP and Telangana’s BRS as part of his tirade against parties that “further dynasty politics”.

In this regard, he also made references to Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah of the Jammu & Kashmir National Conference.

‘Modi changed political culture’

The saffron party’s top leader said that, in the past, corrupt leaders were unaccountable. However, they must now provide answers to the people. Otherwise, they will be dislodged from power by the public.

It was Prime Minister Narendra Modi who changed the “political culture” in the country by introducing transparency and accountability in administration, he said in his address at a public meeting held as part of the Tamil Nadu BJP’s “En Mann, En Makkal” (My land, my people) yatra, which reached the 200th Assembly constituency of Harbour, Chennai, on Sunday.

Nadda praised the people of Tamil Nadu as hardworking, who bring laurels to the state.

Tamil Nadu has been very much in the heart of the Bharatiya Janata Party leadership, and the state is very special to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, not only in words but in deeds, he said.

Nadda alleged that the ruling DMK gives “very poor leadership” to the state. “Tamil Nadu’s DMK leadership lacks wisdom, does not have basic respect for democracy,” he alleged.

The BJP chief said, “When I came here, the markets were shutdown, the street lights were turned off, huge police platoons had been deployed, which made me remember the Emergency days. But I would like to say, Mr Stalin (Chief Minister and DMK President), days are not far when you will be out (of power).”

Furthermore, the BJP chief alleged that the police made traders “shut down markets, bazaars” and none were allowed to venture out. “Is this democracy? Is this the tradition of Tamil Nadu?” he asked.

“When it was not the tradition of Tamil Nadu, such leaders (a reference to Chief Minister Stalin) should not be there in power to represent the state as chief minister,” he said, after he held a roadshow in the Harbour constituency.

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‘DMK: Dynasty, Money swindling, Katta panchayat’

He flayed the DMK for alleging that Tamil Nadu has been neglected in the Budget and said that the people from the state have been included in all Central schemes, such as free ration rice, free LPG connections, construction of houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).

“The DMK stands for ‘Dynasty, Money swindling, and Katta panchayat’ (Kangaroo court),” he alleged.

After M Karunanidhi (former chief minister and late DMK patriarch), his son (MK Stalin) has become the Chief Minister and his grandson (Udhayanidhi Stalin) has been made a minister, he said.

“It is time to remove the party associated with ‘dynasty, money exploitation, and katta panchayat’ from power and support the lotus of the BJP,” Nadda charged.

Without naming Senthil Balaji, he said that a state minister without portfolio is in jail for about 200 days, which reflected the kind of administration that prevails in the state. “A shame on democracy,” he added.

“What kind of democracy are you having here?” Nadda asked and accused the DMK of failing to fulfill its poll assurances.

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Modi’s achievements

On Modi’s achievements, he said that the Prime Minister also ensured a turnaround in the economic scenario through pro-development initiatives and the country has now become one of the top five economies.

Calling upon the people of the state to be part of the development across the country, Nadda said, “Send more MPs from Tamil Nadu to make the BJP secure with 400 MPs nationally. I am sure the Prime Minister will ensure more development to Tamil Nadu and also ensure that India emerges as the third largest economy.”

Listing the “numerous achievements” of the BJP government at the Centre, he said that India has emerged as a top exporting nation and second largest manufacturer of steel.

A decade ago, 92 percent of mobile phones were imported from China but now, 97 percent of mobile phones are being made in India.

“The 500-year struggle for constructing a temple for Ram in Ayodhya became a reality when the Prime Minister consecrated the Ram Lalla idol at Ayodhya,” Nadda said, invoking the Lord’s name by chanting “Jai Shree Ram”.

“These apart, Article 370 has been abrogated. Extend support to Modi and join him in the endeavour to take India to the next level,” Nadda said at the well attended meeting.

The Union interim Budget unfolded numerous benefits for the people, including bringing the Anganwadi and ASHA workers under Ayushman Bharat, providing 300 units of free solar energy, and ensuring three crore women become millionaires, he said.

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