Selvam quits VCK, joins BSP as TN unit president

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Chennai, Nov 11 (UNI) Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) Legislator and Dalit leader K Selvam, who quit the party, and joined the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), was today appointed as its Tamil Nadu unit president.

Soon after submitting his papers to Assembly Speaker R Avudaiyappan after the conclusion of the second day's proceedings, Mr Selvam formally joined the BSP in the presence of its National Secretary Suresh Mane, along with two VCK Ward councillors Prabhu and Ms Uma Sasavi.

Mr Mane and BSP State unit president Armstrong handed over the membership card and the Party symbol ''Elephant'' to Mr Selvam, to mark his induction as the primary member of the BSP.

Talking to reporters after admitting him into the party, Mr Mane described it as a historic day for the BSP in Tamil Nadu and announced that Mr Selvam was appointed as the State unit president and Mr Armstrong as the State convener.

Mr Selvam, who was the first MLA to submit his papers on the Lankan issue, said since the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, nearly 400 fishermen from Tamil Nadu were killed by the Sri Lankan Navy and the Centre had not taken any steps to prevent it.

''Likewise, the Centre has also been adopting an indifferent attitude towards the suffering Lankan Tamils'', he said, this prompted him to submit his papers.

On his decision to quit the VCK, he said he felt that Ms Mayawati was the only leader who was striving for the welfare of the oppressed classes.

Mr Mane said the party headed by BSP supremo Mayawati, had been growing in various parts of the country and oozed confidence that it would grow even faster in Tamil Nadu under the leadership of Mr Selvam.

He said Ms Mayawati would visit Tamil Nadu next month to launch the party's campaign for the ensuing Lok Sabha polls and said the BSP would contest all the 40 seats in the state and in Puducherry on its own.

''The coming election will display the party's strength and the growing popularity in the State'', he added.

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