The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will take out marches demanding the banning of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and the Popular Front of India (PFI).

BJP activists will march to the PDP centre at Anwarsseri on August 20 and the training centre of the PFI at Green Valley on August 27 to press their demand, BJP State president V. Muraleedharan said here on Monday.

He said Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan's statement that the Karnataka police had not sought the arrest of PDP leader Abdul Nasir Maudany was intended to mislead the people. The Karnataka police were told that his arrest would lead to law and order problems in the State and they did not want to precipitate the problem, Mr. Muraleedharan said.

He noted that the police had not charged the accused in the attack on a college teacher at Muvattupuzha with sedition despite recovering incriminating documents. The government was thus protecting terrorists.

He said a meeting of BJP office-bearers on Monday had decided to organise mass conventions against terrorism, in Ernakulam and Kozhikode early next month besides the proposed march to Anwarsseri.

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