Staff Reporter

ALAPPUZHA: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s State general secretary M.T. Ramesh on Sunday hit out at both the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Congress, accusing them of wooing minorities with covert intentions of communal polarisation.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Ramesh said such attempts of the Congress and the CPI(M) were in effect sidelining issues that should be highlighted during elections. It appeared that the Congress and the CPI(M) were competing with each other to see who had more “terrorist elements” on their side, Mr. Ramesh said, saying that while the CPI(M) had managed to get the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on its side, the Congress had succeeded in courting the National Democratic Front (NDF).

Such tie-ups would be fatal for the country’s secular fabric, he said, adding that at the same time, the Congress had no moral right to criticise the CPI(M) for joining hands with Abdul Nasir Maudany’s PDP.

Till recently, Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy and the Congress were helping Mr. Maudany, with the previous government led by Mr. Chandy even passing a resolution in the State Assembly demanding the release of Mr. Maudany, when he was in the Coimbatore Central Jail on charges of extremist links in connection with the Coimbatore blasts.