Chennai : After weaving electoral magic in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, as BJP president and Modi’s conscience keeper Amit Shah prepares to arrive in Tamil Nadu to expand the saffron base, the ruling AIADMK has begun to take potshots at him and other BJP leaders.
The BJP, which has little base in the south, has identified Tamil Nadu and Kerala as its next testing grounds. To set the process of political consolidation in motion, Amit Shah is arriving in Chennai on Saturday.
A senior Tamil Nadu BJP leader said, “We see great potential for expansion here. With Karunanidhi ageing and Jayalalithaa battling conviction in a corruption case, we sense an opportunity to break free from Dravidian politics. The people are fed up off the DMK and AIADMK.” Harping on corruption, the BJP has rubbed Jayalalithaa on the wrong side in the recent Railway Recruitment Board examination by including this question in the paper: “Who was the first serving Chief Minister of an Indian state who lost his/her post after being convicted in a disproportionate assets case?” The four options for the question were: Lalu Prasad, Jagannath Mishra, J Jayalalithaa and B S Yeddyurappa.It did not take a seer to predict why the RRB included the question at this juncture. The AIADMK has seen red over this and given it back to the BJP through its party organ Namadhu MGR.
In an article, without referring to the RRB examination, the AIADMK said even it can raise “mischievous” questions for inclusion in the RRB examination. One mock question the AIADMK posed was this: “Which national party leader was caught on camera receiving a bribe?” The options were N D Tiwari of Congress, Madhu Koda of Jharkhand Mukthi Morcha, Bangaru Laxman of BJP and Subramanian Swamy of BJP.
The reference was to Bangaru Laxman who as BJP president was caught in a Tehelka sting operation receiving one lakh rupees from fictitious arms dealers in 2001. The party also did not spare Amit Shah and Modi. It raised two mock questions. One, “Which leader was involved in a fake encounter case” for which Amit Shah figured among the options.
Another question was “Which of these leaders ordered surveillance on a young woman – Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad, Narendra Modi and B S Yeddyurappa.”