‘Anti-Maudani stance of UDF a hoax’

published on March 29, 2009

Thiruvananthapuram, Sunday 29 March 2009: Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP) State general secretary M.T. Ramesh said here on Saturday that
the former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy owed an apology to the people
for taking the lead in passing a unanimous resolution in the Assembly
seeking the release of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Abdul
Nasir Maudany from jail where he was interned as an under trial
prisoner in connection with the Coimbatore bomb blast.

At a press conference here on Saturday, Ramesh said Oommen Chandy,
who was also in charge of the Home portfolio when he was the Chief
Minister, should also own up responsibility for the failure of the
police to take action against Maudani’s wife Sufia Maudani in spite of
“evidence pointing to her links” with a group of terrorists who had
burnt a bus at Kalamasserry during the previous United Democratic Front
(UDF) government rule. Ramesh said the Congress and the United
Democratic Front (UDF) were now attacking Maudani and his party in the
hope that the UDF could exploit the public anger against the Communist
Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-(M)) for aligning with the PDP. Neither
Oommen Chandy nor the State Congress chief Ramesh Chennithala had the
moral right to take this position.

BJP blames LDF,UDF for terror activities  


Kozhikode, Saturday 28 March 2009: The BJP in Kerala today alleged
both the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the Opposition United
Democratic Front (UDF) were responsible for increasing terrorist
activities in the state.

Speaking at a Meet-the-Leader programme organized by the Calicut
Press Club here senior leader former Union Minister O Rajagopal said
both the fronts had ”failed” to contain terrorism effectively, with an
eye on minority votes.

Referring to state Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishan’s recent
statement that People’s Democratic Party chairman Abdul Naser Madani
had no terror links now, he said how can a top government functionary
like him give a clean chit to a person arrested in connection with the
Coimbatore serial bomb blast case.

He said Maudani was charge sheeted for his alleged involvement in
connection with the supply of bombs to the criminals who were punished
in the February 14, 1998 serial blasts that killed 58 people and left
250 injured. He said Maudani, who masterminded the blast just before
the arrival of then Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani in Coimbatre for
electoneering, was acquitted by the court only because the
prosecutation had failed to prove its charge against him.

However, the case against him was still on as the government went on appeal against the verdict.

Accusing both the Fronts, which clamoured for his release from jail
only for votes, he alleged both had even passed a resolution in the
state Assembly for the purpose.

Besides, many family members of the PDP leader were reportedly
involved in cases relating to terrorist acts, he charged, adding
support to anti-social elements would lead to a dangerous situation.

On desertion of partners from the NDA led by the BJP, he said the
Front was in tact except Biju Janata Dal in Orissa quitting it.

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