Congress leader 'sees' conspiracy in attack on TNCC chief

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Madurai, Nov 1 (UNI) Raising doubts that the attack on Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President M Krishnaswamy was a ''planned conspiracy'', party leader and Union Minister of State for Textiles E V K S Elangovan has alleged that the law and order situation in the state had deteriorated during the last one-and-a-half year.

The TNCC chief had been singled out for attack when his convoy was proceeding to Mudukulathur in Ramanathapuram district, he told newspersons here last night after visiting Mr Krishnaswamy.

Adopting a tough stand against party ally - the ruling DMK, Mr Elangovan alleged that undesirable incidents, including growth of bomb culture, have been taking place in the state. It was the responsibility of the state government to arrest this trend immediately, he added.

When asked about his Cabinet colleague and Congress leader G K Vasan's recent remarks that the law and order situation in the State was satisfactory, he shot back ''it is his view''.

Referring to Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's remarks that the convoy had passed through a route banned for traffic, Mr Elangovan said ''no part of Tamil Nadu can be a banned area. It is the responsibility of the state government to provide security to political leaders, wherever they go.'' The Congress leader said such attacks on prominent leaders would embolden evil forces to pose a threat to the commoners. The police should launch intensive investigation and apprehend the guilty immediately.

UNI

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