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This time it's a fight between patriots and anti-nationals: BJP

This time it's a fight between patriots and anti-nationals: BJP

Author: PNS
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: April 8, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/168029/This-time-it's-a-fight-between-patriots-and-anti-nationals-BJP.html

The BJP in Kerala said on Tuesday that the 15th Lok Sabha election was being fought between patriots and anti-nationals. That the UDF and the LDF had decided on the candidates for the election with the help of Islamist outfits NDF and PDP respectively was proof of this, State BJP general secretary MT Ramesh said in Kannur.

"Any front winning the elections in Kerala will be doing so with the help of the NDF or the PDP, both of which were the local versions of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba and Indian Mujahiddeen," Ramesh said.

He pointed out that one of the methods adopted by the extremist organisations was infiltration. Their aim was to command influence on the public life by intervening in the democratic process through the route of political fronts, he said.

Ramesh asked State Congress president Ramesh Chennithala, who had earlier publicly demanded a ban on the NDF (Popular Front of India) in he name of extremist operations, whether he stood held that opinion.

"The UDF position in the context of the elections is that the NDF does not have a terror face. If that is the case, the KPCC chief should make clear whether he will accept the help of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba if it pledges its support," the BJP leader said. Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan should clarify if he had received details of the list of Kerala-based terror groups which was reportedly been handed over to the State by the Centre, Ramesh said.

Apprehending widespread poll rigging in north Kerala, Ramesh said his party would ask the Election Commission to deploy Central forces in Kasaragod, Kannur and Vadakara Lok Sabha constituencies to ensure free and fair polls.

In the meantime, BJP national vice-president Venkiah Naiud said at Kattappana that Abdul Nasser Madani's PDP was indeed a reincarnation of the terrorist organisation Islamic Sevak Snagh, which Madani had dissolved in 1992. "The BJP will ensure closure of the PDP company if it came to power," Naidu said.

He said all extremist operations in the country would be stopped within 100 days if the BJP came to power. Parliament attack accused Afsal Guru would be hanged, he said while speaking at a campaign meet of Sreenagari Rajan, the BJP's candidate in Idukki.

Venkiah complained that the Hindus in the country were being perpetually neglected. "Hindutwa is a culture and not a religion. Hindustan is India. Everybody says Jai Hind without considerations for politics, religion or caste," he said, adding that was what BJP was keeping in mind when it spoke about nationalism.

Now the CPI(M) was forging friendship with those Muslims who had helped partition of the country once, Naidu alleged. "The Congress and the CPI(M) were quarreling against each other in daylight and having friendship in the dark of the night. Those who are making war call against each other in Kerala walk hand in hand in Delhi," Naidu said.

Senior BJP leader O Rajagopal said the recent statements of Defence Minister AK Antony that the Congress would support only a Government led by Manmohan Singh tacitly implied the Third Front had become irrelevant.

Speaking to reporters at Kochi, Rajagopal said, "With Antony's assertion on the matter, it was clear the Third Front, a dream front, would not form a Government at the Centre." He said if the Third Front wanted to come to power at the Centre, it should be supported either by the UPA or the NDA.

Referring to CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat's recent statement that the communal forces (BJP) would not be allowed to come to power, Rajagopal said it only meant that the Left Parties were willing to back the Congress and pull them back to power. He said it also showed the UDF and LDF in the State were A and B teams of the UPA, which would come together in the Centre.

Regarding the kickbacks in the India-Israel Missile Deal, Rajagopal said Antony's statement on the issue that the missiles were purchased to combat militancy and terrorism was unacceptable. He alleged that Antony was very late in reacting to the issue after it was splashed on the national media casting aspersions on the deal. Rajagopal said the scandal was the biggest in the country at around Rs 900 crore, much bigger than the Rs 64-crore Bofors scandal.

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