War of words between DMK, BJP over Nadda’s dynasty charge

Chennai: Continuing its attack on BJP president J P Nadda for terming DMK as a party that practices dynastic politics, DMK said BJP has no moral authority to talk about dynastic politics as wards of several BJP leaders are made MPs and MLA.

Nadda, speaking at a meeting in Coimbatore last week, had commented on the DMK and said, ‘It is a dynastic rule. It is a family rule. You can’t imagine anyone from outside the family becoming leaders in the DMK.’

In a hard-hitting article in party organ Murasoli, DMK said citing a report that there were 45 BJP MPs were family members of party leaders. ‘In Karnataka, when Yeddiyurappa was the Chief Minister, his elder son was an MP and younger son was state BJP general secretary. The current Chief Minister Baswaraj Bommai was also son of former CM S R Bommai,’ the article said.

The list of names from north India, pointed out in the article, is much longer and includes the likes of Piyush Goel, son of former Union Minister Ved Prakas Goel; Varun Gandhi, son of former Union Minister Menaka Gandhi; Anurag Thakur, son of former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dumal; Pankaj Singh, son of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh; Dushyant Singh, son of former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia; and Abhishek Singh, son of former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh.

Taking a dig at Nadda, DMK asked if the BJP president would remove Basavaraj Bommai from the post of Chief Minister to do away with dynastic politics and protect democracy.


NT Bureau