CPM, Cong communalising society: Venkaiah Naidu

via www.expressbuzz.com published on April 6, 2009

MALAPPURAM: For the past five years, the Congress party with the support of the CPM and the Muslim League had engaged in communalising the society unmindful of the country’s developmental concerns, said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Venkaiah Naidu.

While addressing an election campaign of the party at Angadippuram near Perinthalmanna in Malappuram district on Sunday, the BJP leader claimed that the developments brought in by the NDA Government during its administration was twice higher than that of the attainment made by the Congress within the last 50 years.

“Both the Congress and CPM are staging a political drama to hoodwing the public.

The opposition of CPM to Congress is really a pretension as the former is always committed to support the latter while constituting a coalition government at the Centre,” Naidu said. Criticising the CPM candidates who make use of the photos of Saddam Hussein to woo voters in Malappuram district, he said “people should give a right reply to such political pretense in the election”.

Flaying the attitude of the Union Government in undertaking the farmer welfare programme, the BJP leader said “the UPA was sleeping when the farmers were weeping”.

According to him, the performance of the UPA Government in suppressing internal violence was also disappointing.

“Whenever there was violence, the Congress was silent, and the party was not even bothered of the increasing incidence of bomb explosions in the country,” he charged.

“Playing communal card and offering communal reservations, the the CPM is trying to build up ‘mini Pakistans,” the BJP leader alleged.

“If BJP comes to power, it will certainly ensure capital punishment for Afsal Guru within 100 days.

An enquiry will also be launched against the alleged terror links of Abdul Nasar Madhani,” he said.

The former president of BJP who arrived by a special helicopter at Kottakkunnu in Malappuram was greeted by the district committee leaders of the party. BJP district president K Narayanan and national council member P S Sreedharan Pillai were present.

BJP for probe by a Central agency

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Senior BJP leader O.Rajagopal on Sunday demanded that the National Investigation Agency should be called in to investigate the terrorist activities that had a Kerala link.

Speaking at ‘Janavidhi – 2009’ programme, organised by the Kesari Memorial Journalists’ Trust, Rajagopal said that it was imperative that the investigation was handed over to an unbiased Central agency.

He said that the State investigation agencies were illequipped to deal with such cases, and besides, both the LDF and the UDF were encouraging the organisations that were behind the extremist activities.

‘’These cases are not just a matter of law and order. It is connected to national security,’’ Rajagopal said. Police forces in various States have confirmed that the roots of terrorist activities – be it conspiracy, recruiting, training or the emerging point of funds – stretch to Kerala.

‘’The Home Minister has sought to trivialise such incidents. Both fronts are equally responsible for converting the State into a nursery for terrorists,’’ he said.

If voted to power, the BJP will “officially look into” the matter of handing over the investigation to a national-level agency, he said.


On the alleged Rs 600-crore scam in the India-Israel missile deal, Rajagopal demanded the Centre to publish the full details regarding the deal before going ahead with it.

Even if Defence Minister A.K.Antony has no hand in the corruption, the deal stank of it, Rajagopal said. Global tenders were not invited for such a massive deal; the norm that there was to be no bilateral trade in defence equipment between India and Israel was overlooked, and, the file concerning the deal was originally returned by the Defence Ministry.

‘’Then why was the deal suddenly put through just two days before the elections were declared? According to the Israeli firm, the scam amounted to Rs 900 crore and not Rs 600 crore. The Bofors scam involved only Rs 64 crore,’’ Rajagopal said.

Any new government formed at the Centre would be duty-bound to review the deal, he said. Rajagopal evaded direct answers to the BJP’s election prospects in the State, but said that it was for the voters to decide.


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