Staff Reporter

Packages for one community will divide society on religious basis, says Krishnadas

KOZHIKODE: State president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) P.K. Krishnadas has alleged that the CPI(M) and the Congress are giving a communal colour to poverty alleviation and backwardness of communities.

Mr. Krishnadas was reacting to the Paloli Commission suggestions on Sachar panel proposals and said packages to benefit a particular community were dangerous. Such measures would divide society on the basis of religion.

Addressing mediapersons here on Monday, he said removing hunger and poverty ought to be seen from a human and non-communal angle . The BJP wanted the Paloli commission recommendations withdrawn forthwith.

If the government thought of removing poverty, the measures ought to benefit Hindu, Christian and Muslim communities as a whole and not be confined to people professing one particular religion.

Mr. Krishnadas alleged that the findings of the Paloli commission were not based on foolproof study.

It merely depended on the data based on Public Service Commission appointments. There were other sectors too such as trade and business, and land transaction on which too the extent of representation of different communities ought to have been probed.

The Muslim community was not backward, he said. The majority of Keralites in the Gulf was from the Muslim community.

Displaying the findings of a study conducted by the Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad (KSSP), Mr. Krishnadas said that the Paloli Commission could at least have relied on the data provided by the KSSP.

The KSSP report stated the backwardness of the Hindu community too economically, socially and educationally.

The BJP would hold a march to the office of the deputy director of education here on March 11.

Similar protests would be held in Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram.

Mr. Krishnadas alleged that an MLA in the State had links with Yahya, a resident of Kozhikode, who was picked up by the Bangalore police for his alleged terrorist links.

He said the railway budget was loaded in favour of Tamil Nadu and the Chief Minister and the Leader of the Opposition were hoodwinking the people saying that the State benefited from the budget.

K. Surendran, State Yuva Morcha president, and K. Ragunath, BJP district general secretary, were present.