Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State president V. Muraleedharan said here on Saturday that the party and its feeder organisations would launch a number of agitations and campaigns against corruption, price rise, encroachment of government land, and atrocities against women in the State.

Talking to the media after a State committee meeting of the party, the State president said Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) workers would organise campaigns against corruption and price rise as a prelude to a parliamentary march on August 9. The Mahila Morcha would organise protests against the alleged failure to arrest the accused in cases of atrocities against women.

Mr. Muraleedharan said the announcement in the Budget to exclude settlements from forest and environment laws would encourage further encroachments. The policy to allow diversion of plantation lands would undermine the objectives of land reforms. It showed that the government was under the influence of the so-called resort mafia. A member of the Assembly had led the encroachment at Marthandam Kayal in Kuttanad, he alleged.

He added that the Budget proposals targeted only the constituencies of the Indian Union Muslim League and the Kerala Congress.

The committee had come to the conclusion that the party could effectively carry out the poll campaign in the State Assembly elections. Much progress could be made in Kasaragod. However, the LDF could retain its votes in Manjeswaram. Some votes from the majority communities were lost to the party because voters saw the UDF favouring the minorities. As winning chances of the BJP candidates were lower, they voted for the LDF.

Mr. Muraleedharan said the Church of South India had filed petitions against BJP workers only in the agitations against collection of capitation fee at the Karakomam Medical College. The Church leadership was trying to create the impression that the protest was against beliefs of the Church.