Staff Reporter

Thrissur: Bhupender Yadav, national secretary, BJP, has said that the Ranganath Mishra Commission report is aimed at attracting the minority vote bank. Addressing a press conference here on Friday, he said the report was flawed and was not an earnest attempt to uplift the minorities.

“It does not take into account the problems of Hindus who are a minority in Jammu and Kashmir, and had to leave their homes because of the conflict there. The commission has used the 1931 Census data and its findings are not based on an accurate picture of Muslims in modern India,” he said.

He condemned the killing of two BJP activists by suspected CPI(M) workers at New Mahe in Kannur on Saturday. “It is shameful that the incident occurred in the Home Minister's home district,” he said.

Asked to comment on the recent defection of workers from BJP in the State citing infighting and dilution of party values, he said that it was purely a local issue and would be tackled.

“There is no dilution of values. The BJP remains committed to its ideology. Some people having a change of mind and leaving the party cannot be seen as a wave of defection,” he said.

He later inaugurated a rally led by former BJP State president P.S. Sreedharan Pillai demanding protection of rights of the Scheduled Castes. The rally will cover Thrissur, Ernakulam and Alappuzha districts.