CPI need not worry about BJP, says Tamil­i­sai

‘Party should re­alise that it is part of a very weak coali­tion’

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

The Com­mu­nist Party of In­dia, which is part of the rul­ing coali­tion in only one State, need not worry about the Bharatiya Janata Party, which rules 19 States, BJP State pres­i­dent Tamil­i­sai Soundarara­jan has said.

“For the Lo­tus [the BJP’s sym­bol] to bloom in Tamil Nadu, it was enough if the party walked the path of hon­esty. It was not nec­es­sary to walk up­side down, as CPI State sec­re­tary R. Mutha­rasan had claimed,” the BJP leader said, adding that the CPI was ill-equipped to talk about her party.

“The CPI need not worry about the BJP, which is work­ing for peo­ple’s bet­ter­ment, or its coali­tion. Let the CPI re­alise that it is part of a very weak coali­tion,” she said.

Ms. Soundarara­jan said the Cen­tral Wa­ter Com­mis­sion had clar­i­fied that with­out Tamil Nadu’s con­sent, the Kar­nataka gov­ern­ment would not be able to con­struct a dam across the Cau­very at Meke­datu.

Takes aim at Vaiko

On MDMK leader Vaiko's re­cent crit­i­cisms of the BJP, she said Mr. Vaiko, who had gained pop­u­lar­ity due to his se­ces­sion­ist pol­i­tics, was “out of form” with his com­ments.

The BJP leader said her party was con­fi­dent of win­ning the elec­tions in four out of five States that re­cently went to the polls.

Tamil­i­sai Soundarara­jan

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