Staff Reporter

C.K. Padmanabhan to inaugurate `Sudershana Sandesha Yatra'

MALAPPURAM: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will launch a week-long campaign in the district on Friday to "save Malappuram from the hands of extremists".

BJP district president K. Janachandran will lead the campaign titled Sudershana Sandesha Yatra. Party's national working committee member C.K. Padmanabhan will inaugurate the campaign at Pookkottumpadam near Nilambur on Friday evening.

BJP's national and State leaders will address the people at different points in Malappuram.

The former party president Venkiah Naidu will address a public meeting at Tirur on March 17, marking the conclusion of the campaign.

Addressing newspersons here on Wednesday, Mr. Janachandran said that the campaign was aimed at bringing into focus the dangers of pampering communal elements and the backwardness of Malappuram.

Malappuram remains backward not only in development, but also in upholding socio-religious and democratic values, he said.

Mr. Janachandran said that the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) were equally responsible for abetting communalism and religious extremism in the State.

He said the CPI(M) and the IUML were trying to make political capital out of the communal agenda of organisations like the National Development Front (NDF).

He said the BJP might not contest from all the constituencies in the district. Decision on extending support to independent candidates would be taken later, he said.