BJP blames its defeat on Muslim extremists

via published on May 12, 2006

The public support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has improved since the last Assembly election of 2001, State party president Sreedharan Pillai has claimed. The party would go forward by giving priority to its public support, he said.

“The main reason for the defeat of the BJP is the strategic voting by certain Muslim extremist groups,” he said adding that it would do more harm than good to the State.

Addressing newspersons here on Thursday, the BJP leader said the party bagged almost 7.5 lakh votes in the State. “In the 2001 Assembly election also, the party got 7.5 lakh votes. This is definitely a positive aspect to the party, though it hardly got any seats in this election,” he said. It was a great relief that the party had not lost its basic public support, he added.

Pillai asserted that in the party strongholds like Manajeshwaram and Palakkad, the CPI(M) had joined hands with Muslim extremist groups, thereby blocking the winning chances of the BJP.

“In Manjeshwaram, the BJP was to get at least 30,000 votes. But when the results were out, we got only 24,000 votes. This loss is due to the strategic voting method adopted by certain Muslim extremist groups. CPI(M) tie-up with these groups would yield no good for the future of that party,” he said.

The party president said that if the CPI(M) did not change its stand regarding the democratic values with the party, the State would witness the change of Left Democratic Front to Left front, thereby paving the way for the State to become another West Bengal. “The downfall of the UDF and the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) is natural,” he said. On the defeat of PK Kunjalikkutty in Kuttippuam, Pillai said that the people had identified the culprits who misused power. “The defeat of Kunjalikkutty also is the reflection of this public response,” he added

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