Staff Reporter

Attacks IUML, CPI(M), NDF, PDP, RSS, Jama'at

MALAPPURAM: The Congress on Tuesday launched a campaign against terrorism in Malappuram district, simultaneously taking on parties and organisations such as the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the National Development Front (NDF), the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and the Jama'at-e-Islami and its subsidiary Solidarity Youth Movement.

Congress leaders said they chose Malappuram exclusively because the district, according to them, was turning into a hotbed of organisations that abet terrorism.

In a multi-pronged attack targeting not only the CPI(M) but the IUML as well, the Congress leaders said the stand of those parties had helped the growth of terrorism in the State, particularly in Malappuram.

The Congress's move against terrorism in Malappuram, presumably the heartland of the Muslim League, has come as a surprise to its ally. The Muslim League has not responded to a veiled but scathing attack on it by Congress leader Aryadan Mohammed.

Charge against IUML

Delivering the keynote address at the inaugural of the campaign, Mr. Mohammed pledged that the Congress would expose the true colours of parties including the Muslim League.

He charged the Muslim League with turning a blind eye on organisations like the NDF. "We cannot close our eyes on extremist elements and activities," he said.

He said the Muslim League was afraid of the NDF because antagonising that organisation would deprive the League of a section of its vote bank.

Taking a dig at the Muslim League leadership and what he said the "supremacy of clergy in politics," the former Minister said that Malappuram was not the League's monopoly. "That party does not even have the rights of a title deed in Malappuram," he said.

He said the NDF was turning into a serious danger with aids flowing from across the borders. He also attacked the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for "spreading communal hatred" in society.

Inaugurating the campaign, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee vice-president Mullappally Ramachandran said the Congress was the only party capable of fighting terrorism in the country. He said the party had sacrificed leaders in its fight against terrorism and communalism.