Nadda writes to Kharge, questions Congress’ ‘stoic silence’ on TN hooch tragedy

New Delhi: BJP chief JP Nadda on Monday wrote to Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, questioning the “stoic silence” of his party on the recent hooch tragedy which left several people dead in Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu hooch tragedy was entirely a “man-made disaster”, Nadda said in his letter to Kharge, adding “perhaps if the deep nexus between the ruling DMK-INDI alliance dispensation and illicit liquor mafia did not exist today, 56 lives could have been saved”.

Nadda said the ghastly images of burning funeral pyres from Karunapuram village in Kallakurichi in the aftermath of Tamil Nadu’s “worst ever’ spurious liquor consumption tragedy, that has left 56 dead until now and almost 159 persons hospitalised, has shaken the conscience of the entire nation”.

“Kharge ji, as you know Karunapuram is largely populated by the Scheduled Castes, who face several challenges due to poverty and discrimination in Tamil Nadu. In light of this, I was shocked that when such a huge disaster has taken place, the Congress party led by you, has maintained a stoic silence on this,” the BJP president said

“Certain issues require us to rise above and beyond party lines and the welfare and safety of the SC, ST community is one such issue,” he added.

Nadda asked Kharge to press upon the “DMK-INDI Alliance” government in Tamil Nadu to go for a CBI probe and ensure the “immediate removal” of State Prohibition and Excise Minister S Muthusamy from his post.


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