Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sushma demands Alagiri's removal for 'attack' on poll official

Tiruchirappalli: Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday demanded removal of Union Minister M K Alagiri from the Cabinet in wake of the alleged attack on a poll official by DMK men in his presence.

"Our demand for removal of Alagiri is already there and we will reiterate our demand," she told reporters here.

Police had registered a case against Alagiri and over 50 DMK workers for allegedly assaulting an Assistant Election Officer in Melur in Madurai District when he videographed their visit to a temple.
 The official who had claimed that he was assaulted by DMK men in the presence of Alagiri, son of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, however, later went back on his statement and said he was not roughed up.

"The unearthing of Rs 5.11 crore cash from a bus here and the attack on poll official in Madurai District are only marks of shame to democracy," Swaraj, the Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha, said.

"Karunanidhi's outburst shows his frustration," she said, referring to the chief minister's criticism of the Election Commission for its tough actions, which he said had created an undeclared emergency.

Asked about UPA government's cricket diplomacy in inviting Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to witness the World Cup matches, the BJP leader said, "We have serious issues among the neihghbours it should not get mixed with cricket."

Swaraj said the 2G spectrum scam and alleged involvement of Tamil Nadu politicians in it would continue to be raised and the issue had not died as thought in some circles.

Stating that response to election meetings of BJP in the state was "overwhelming", she expressed confidence of a "significant victory" for the party.

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