BJP State president V. Muraleedharan has accused the Bishops of Thamarassery and Idukki of trying to stir up a revolt in the name of the Kasturirangan committee report and demanded that the State government take legal action against them for making provocative statements.

Mr. Muraleedharan told reporters here on Thursday that the heads of the Christian Church were speaking in a provocative manner in gross violation of democratic values.

The Thamarassery Bishop’s speech that implementation of the report would sow the seeds of Naxalism should be taken seriously. A pastoral letter issued by the Catholic Bishop’s Conference in 2012 had stressed the need for conserving nature. Quoting Francis Assisi, the letter had called for recycling and reusing materials.

Tribal rights

The 20th CPI(M) party congress held in Kozhikode had passed a resolution on the rights of the tribal people and forest conservation. Party leaders should read the resolution again. The Kasturirangan committee was a self-invited danger of the CPI(M) and the Congress. By opposing the Madhav Gadgil report, which gave space for people’s intervention, the parties had invited the Kasturirangan panel in which bureaucrats had the say, he said.

The State Cabinet had overstepped its limits in deciding to grant exemption to promoters of the Aranmula airport on the excess land provisions, he said.

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