BJP to focus on South India

published on February 13, 2010

CPM, Cong encourage terrorists: Gadkari

Thiruvananthapuram | Daily Pioneer

The ruling CPI(M) and the Opposition Congress in Kerala are supporting terror activities by favouring extremist elements, BJP president Nitin Gadkari has said. He pointed out that these parties, which had joined hands to seek the release of PDP chairman and Islamist leader Abdul Nasser Madani from the Coimbatore prison, were claiming themselves to be true secular organizations.

Secularism had been badly misinterpreted these days, said Gadkari, who was in the Kerala capital to take part in a meeting of the State office-bearers of the BJP and to inaugurate a rally against rise in prices of essential commodities. He said his party was against bringing politics under religion.

Describing the CPI(M) and the Congress as pseudo-secularists, he said these parties were abetting extremism. The CPI(M) was the main opponent of the BJP in Kerala, he pointed out at the meeting of the party office-bearers. The propaganda projecting the BJP as a communal party had badly affected its image, he said.

Gadkari advised the State leadership headed by president V Muraleedharan to try to create a strong foundation for the party in the State by nominating popular candidates for elections. The local bodies elections due in September should be seen as the opportunity for preparing the ground for the Assembly elections to be held in April-May, 2011, he said.

Promising to give special attention to strengthening the party in Kerala, the BJP president said that there should be efforts to achieve it through party classes and with the use of modern technology. There was a decision to focus the party’s attention on Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, he said.

The party was strong in North India and in the South it had considerable influence in Karnataka and there was the need to strengthen it in other states, he said. There would be efforts to attract Dalits, backward classes people and unorganized sections into the BJP, he said. He asked the State leadership to stress on the development of Dalits and backward classes people.

Gadkari said that there was massive corruption in the permission given to futures trade in commodities. At least ten members of the Council of Ministers of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had involvement in this corruption, he alleged. About 30 corporate companies had earned massive profits through this, he added.

The meeting of the BJP office-bearers decided to launch intense agitations against the anti-people policies of the LDF Government by cashing in on the particular political situation. A decision was also taken to start the preparations for the local bodies elections.

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