Rajnath asks Patil to ensure protection of BJP workers in TN

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New Delhi, Sept 24 (UNI) The Bharatiya Janata Party today demanded that the Centre should provide protection to the life and property of its workers in Tamil Nadu in view of the attack on its office in Chennai following differences with DMK over the Ram Sethu issue.

BJP president Rajnath Singh called up Home Minister Shivraj Patil expressing concern over the attack on BJP workers in Tamil Nadu districts and urged him to ensure protection to the life and property of Party workers in the state.

Mr Patil reportedly assured Mr Singh that all necessary steps would be taken.

The BJP president had called up the Home Minister as DMK volunteer had stoned 'Kamalayalam', the BJP headquarters in Chennai, offices of the BJP and Hindu Munani and BJP State Secretary H Raja's home in protest against the 'fatwa' issued by VHP leader and Ram Janmabhoomi Trustee Ram Vilas Vedanti against DMK President and Tamil Nadu Chief Minsiter M Karunanidhi.

Eight persons, including BJP state general secretary Tamizhisai Soundararajan, were injured when 300 strong mob of DMK workers stoned BJP office after state Minister P Ilamvaruthi flagged off a black flag protest. Police did not do anything to prevent the attack.

Mr Singh had yesterday described the attack 'political fascism' and said the DMK should stop this. He said that it was also the Centre's responsibility to prevent such violent incidents or the United Progressive Alliance government, of which the DMK was a part, would be held responsible for them.

Earlier, the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha L.K.

Advani had telephoned Mr Patil and senior leader Ravi Shankar Prasad spoke to the DGP, Tamil Nadu, demanding action against those responsible.


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