’Pursue Rahul, Priyanka to...’: JP Nadda asks Mallikarjun Kharge to ’join’ protest on Kallakurichi hooch tragedy

BJP President JP Nadda writes a letter to Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, urges him to pursue Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Wadra to join a protest against the DMK government in Tamil Nadu over a spurious liquor tragedy in the state.

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First Published24 Jun 2024, 01:54 PM IST
BJP president JP Nadda sent a letter to Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge condemning the Kallakurichi hooch tragedy in Tamil Nadu.
BJP president JP Nadda sent a letter to Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge condemning the Kallakurichi hooch tragedy in Tamil Nadu.

Kallakurichi hooch tragedy: Expressing concern over the tragic loss of lives in the spurious liquor tragedy in Tamil Nadu, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president and Union Health Minister JP Nadda on Monday wrote a letter to Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge. Calling the hooch tragedy a “state-sponsored murder”, JP Nadda urged Mallikarjun Kharge to pursue Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to join a protest over the tragic incident.

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Targeting the Congress for its ‘deafening, hypocritical silence’, JP Nadda urged Kharge to “pursue Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra to either pay a visit to the victim's families or at least muster the courage to raise their voices on this issue.”

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“I invite you to join our leaders for a black band protest against this ‘state-sponsored disaster’ in front of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi inside the Prerna Sthal within Parliament precincts,” wrote JP Nadda in his letter to Kharge.

Several lives would have been saved if ‘DMK-INDIA nexus’ did not exist: JP Nadda

Multiple lives would have been saved in the “man-made disaster” at Kallakurichi if the ‘DMK-INDIA nexus’ and illicit liquor mafia did not exist, JP Nadda wrote in the letter to Mallikarjun Kharge. He also talked about a previous incident when 23 people lost their lives after consuming illicit liquor in Tamil Nadu in May this year. He also said that the BJP had cautioned the DMK government of the illicit liquor mafia in the state. However, no attention was paid to their warnings.

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Mentioning the heavy influence of illicit liquor mafias in the state, JP Nadda said that such businesses were "functioning with impunity, right in the open during broad daylight, with patronage from state and police'.

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The state administration's efforts to control the damage caused after the hooch tragedy by covering up the incident proved fatal and led to the loss of more lives, added Nadda.

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The number of people who lost their lives due to the consumption of spurious liquor has increased to 57, whereas a total of 156 people are undergoing treatment at various government hospitals in the state after consuming illicit liquor.

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First Published:24 Jun 2024, 01:54 PM IST
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