New Delhi: A delegation of AIADMK MPs
today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him to direct
the Tamil Nadu government to augment security to their leader
J Jayalalithaa in the wake of death threats to her.
The delegation, led by AIADMK Parliamentary Party
leader M Thambidurai, claimed that Singh promised the
delegation that the Centre would take steps to beef up the
security of Jayalalithaa.
On August 28, Jaya TV received a letter in which the
sender warned Jayalalithaa to cancel her proposed Madurai
rally next month and threatened to kill her and her followers
in a bomb attack if she went ahead with it. They said Jaya TV
received another letter this week.
The MPs, who also met Home Minister P Chidambaram,
told Singh that the two letters were almost identical in
content and claimed to "defend the fortress of Union Minister
M K Azhagiri and also hold the threat in a manner similar to
what was done to Dinakaran office and its employees".
"It is surprising that Azhagiri and the Chief Minister
of Tamil Nadu have been mute on the matter of death threat to
Jayalalithaa and are maintaining an ominous silence," the MPs
said in a memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister.
They said despite the threats, Jayalalithaa will
address a public meeting in Madurai this month.
"We are sure you will augment the required security
arrangements to our leader as well as to Jaya television,"
Thambidurai said, "Singh asked convey his regards to
Madam Jayalalithaa. He also promised us that he will direct
the state government to provide security."