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Why are rights groups silent on deaths at Jaya's rallies: Minister

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  24 April 2016 12:00 AM GMT

gercoil (Tamil du), April 23: Union minister Pon Radhakrishn on Saturday wondered why human rights organisations, the Election Commission and others are “silent” on the deaths of people at election rallies addressed by Tamil du Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa. “It is strange why human rights organisations and the Election Commission are silent on the deaths that occurred at election rallies addressed by Jayalalithaa. People in large numbers are ferried to attend Jayalalithaa’s meetings and are housed like cattle inside an enclosure,” Pon Radhakrishn, minister of state for road transport and highways and shipping, told reporters here on Saturday. gercoil is around 710 km from Cheni.

Four people who had attended Jayalalithaa’s two rallies - at Virudhachalam and Salem- lost their lives due to heat.

A large section of the crowd was either brought to the rally ground in trucks and buses or had come on their own from nearby areas. Radhakrishn also wondered why no action has been taken against organisers of the AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa’s two election rallies where the deaths had taken place.

Queried about political parties changing their candidates, the Lok Sabha member from Kanyakumari, Pon Radhakrishn said if the changes are made due to genuine reasons -family circumstances of the candidates - then it is understandable.

“But like a game of chess the political parties are replacing the candidates,” he remarked.

Ruling AIADMK, DMK and PMK have announced new candidates in the place of the mes announced earlier.

Asked about DMK treasurer M.K. Stalin offering prayers at the Mel Maruvathur Adi Parasakthi temple recently, Pon Radhakrishn said: “I hope one of these days he will do the 'anga pradaksham’ (rolling on the ground in that temple).”

On the Bharatiya Jata Party (BJP)’s prospects in the Kanyakumari district, he said: “We are confident of winning all the six seats.” Party cadres are also upbeat about BJP’s prospects in the six assembly constituencies in Kanyakumari district. The BJP is contesting in 156 assembly constituencies in the May 16 election of the total 234 seats. The balance is shared with its allies. He said the proposed port in Colachel in Kanyakumari district will change the economic position of the people in the region. “The Congress and the DMK are betraying the interests of the people by opposing the project,” he charged. (IANS)

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