Members of the families of those who died along with former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991, have decided to campaign for the Congress in the upcoming general election.
Addressing reporters in the city, relatives of the victims — Dharman, a police constable, Chandra, a woman police constable and Shanthani Begum, a mahila district president — claimed that the move by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to release the perpetrators of such a ‘ghastly crime’ was aimed at politicising the issue.
“Realising the impeding threat to the country if parties like AIADMK get the people’s mandate, we decided to create awareness on terrorism and the lack of political will among different parties. We believe only the Congress can take formidable steps to check terrorism,” said Apsara Begum, daughter of a victim.
“We want to reach out to Tamilians settled in Pondicherry, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and urge them to vote for Congress for a stable government,” she said.