Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State unit president V. Muraleedharan has said that his party wanted the Madhav Gadgil committee report on Western Ghats conservation to be implemented instead of the K. Kasturirangan report.

The protests over the Centre’s move to implement the Kasturirangan report are politically motivated. They are being orchestrated to disrupt the Sabrimala pilgrimage.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Mr. Muraleedharan said the Gadgil panel report had recommendations that facilitated democratic decision-making at the local level while implementing its proposals to protect the Western Ghats.

On the other hand, the Kasturirangan report was unilateral and facilitated decision-making at the official level only.

Mr. Muraleedharan said the violence over the Kasturirangan report was planned to create panic among the people. It was part of vote bank politics by the CPI(M) and the Congress. The Church was also being involved.

Thamarasserry Bishop Mar Remigiose Inchananiyil had made a speech provoking aggressive behaviour by followers.

This was when many local self-government institutions were restricting use of plastics and pesticides and people opposed quarrying and sand-mining.

He said the hartal in Idukki district was observed to coincide with the beginning of the pilgrimage to Sabarimala.