BJP National Secretary Muralidhar Rao on Wednesday alleged terrorists were behind the killing of several party leaders in Tamil Nadu and accused the state government of not taking enough steps against such activities.
"Many of our leaders including a state Secretary in Salem were killed and targeted. However, the government failed to take adequate action against the terrorist activities," he charged at a press conference in Coimbatore.
"The (western) region is a sleeping corridor for jihadi terrorism, through Kerala and neighbouring Karnataka and these forces are working actively," he claimed.
Unless the people felt secure from terrorists, development cannot be ensured in the state, he said.
On the controversy about chanting 'Bharat Mata KI Jai', Rao, in-charge of party affairs in Tamil Nadu, said the freedom fighters and even Congressmen have chanted it and slogans like 'Vande Mataram' and those who opposed it 'had left India long back.'
To a question on AIADMK rejecting the charge that Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was inaccessible to central ministers, Rao shot back saying that will ruling party come out with statistics on how many times she met the general public.