BJP State president V. Muraleedharan has alleged that the ruling CPI (M) is hand in glove with the opposition Congress- led United Democratic Front in corruption at the Kozhikode Corporation.

He was inaugurating a mass hunger strike led by the BJP district president P. Reghunath as part of the party’s ‘Save Kozhikode’ campaign at Muthalakulam ground here on Monday. He said that the only objective of the ruling and the opposition parties was to get hold of public assets. The governance of the civic body functioned like a cooperative society, Mr. Muraleedharan alleged.

People who opposed the implementation of the Madhav Gadgil committee report on Western Ghats tried to protect the interest of 4,000 quarries operating in the region. Now an attempt had been made to encroach the coastal areas of the State, the BJP leader said.

The district unit of the BJP decided to undertake a year-long campaign ‘Save Kozhikode’ aimed at putting pressure on the State government for taking over the defunct Comtrust factory and the land encroached by private parties at Cheruvannur. It also decided to step up the agitation against the Kozhikode Corporation Council for its alleged failure to develop the city in the last 50 years.

BJP State secretary V. V. Rajan, Azhimathi Virudha Campaign Committee chairperson K. Anandakanakam, and general convener K P Vijayakumar and others also spoke.

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