‘All have a duty to prevent BJP’s return to power’

It is the duty of every citizen to prevent the Bharatiya Janata Party from retaining power at the Centre, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) general secretary Vaiko said.

Talking to reporters in Dindigul on Sunday, he said the BJP would not win more than 130 seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha election.

More seats were likely to go to the regional parties in the country, and the Congress would improve its tally and form the next government with the help of the regional parties, he said.

When asked how he could join hands with the Congress after having accused the party of having a role in the massacre of Tamils in Sri Lanka during the civil war in 2009, he said, “The BJP is posing a danger to the country by attempting to jeopardise secularism and thus making life difficult for the minorities. The BJP is promoting the ‘one nation, one culture’ ideology of the RSS. Since this is dangerous and should be stopped, we have allied with the Congress.”

Later in the day, over 20 BJP workers were held when they tried to show black flags to Mr. Vaiko.


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