Madurai: Former Tamil Nadu BJP unit president
L Ganesan predicted a hung assembly in the April 13 Tamil Nadu
Assembly elections and said it was difficult to foresee which
way AIADMK and Congress would go in such a scenario.
"We won`t know where will Congress go and where AIADMK will
go. That is why, I presume, Jayalalithaa is not so
vituperative in her attack against Congress".
Ganesan, whose party has a poll alliance with Janata Party,
said he was confident the BJP would win in at least 15 seats.
Charging that both Congress and DMK were playing "money
politics", he said, "while the DMK is a retailer, the Congress
is a whole saler".
Commenting on the freebies being promised to voters by
parties in their poll manifestos, he said such announcements
alone would not help garner votes. Neither Bihar Chief
Minister Nitish Kumar nor Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi, who have both been reelected in their states, were
dependent of freebies, he reasoned. "You only make people lose
self-respect by such schemes. However, giving laptops to
students is a good scheme", he said.
Welcoming the Election Commission`s agressive stand on
checking vehicles to curb the flow of illegal cash in the run
up to the elections, Ganesan said the EC was doing the "right
thing". Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi "was scared"
because "he feels the ruling party will be defeated if did not
pay money to voters", he said.