Staff Reporter

Action against Raman Pillai will be taken at the right time, says P.K. Krishnadas

ALAPPUZHA: The State is facing an alarming situation regarding internal security, and the incidents of Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan boarding an aircraft with bullets in his bag and V.B. Muhammed Kutty, alias Hilal Muhammed, managing to go abroad without his real passport are proof of it, Bharatiya Janata Party president P.K. Krishnadas has said.

Briefing presspersons at Kayamkulam on Thursday, after the party's State executive meeting held there, Mr. Krishnadas said the Union Government should take note of the lack of security at airports in the State. He demanded that a case be charged against Mr. Vijayan and he be arrested for carrying bullets onboard an aircraft.

Replying to questions, Mr. Krishnadas said suitable action would be initiated against the senior party leader K. Raman Pillai at the proper time. He said the executive meeting did not discuss the issue of formation of Janapaksham by Mr. Pillai as his party did not view it as a threat. The party's former State president P.S. Sreedharan Pillai, who was opposing strict action against Mr. Raman Pillai, did not participate in the session.

Mr. Krishnadas said the Union and State governments should take steps to cut passenger and freight charges as the price of crude oil had fallen considerably in international markets.

He said the BJP would hold a march to the State assembly on March 20 protesting against price rise and the Government's "failure" to tackle threats to internal security. Before that, the party would organise evening dharnas in all Assembly constituencies, explaining its stand.

Mr. Krishnadas said he would embark on a State tour from Kasaragod on April 28. The Government should take steps to peacefully mediate between the Jacobite and Orthodox churches. Using the police to solve the difference of opinion between churches could not be justified.

Mr. Krishnadas said the BJP had formed a three-member committee consisting of party leaders Sabu Varghese, P.J. Thomas and Radhakrishna Menon to study the issue and take the initiative to solve the dispute.

Earlier, the BJP leader O. Rajagopal inaugurated the session.

C.K. Padmanabhan and George Verghese, party leaders, participated.