Special Correspondent

KOCHI: Bharatiya Janata Party leader O. Rajagopal said on Tuesday that politics of vote bank pursued by the UDF and LDF governments had resulted in the rise of extremist elements in the State. He was addressing a meeting of the party activists who took out a march to the Ernakulam taluk office, as part of the party’s State-wide campaign against extremism.

There was no rivalry among religions in Kerala and the situation should continue. But some organisations which don the garb of social and humanitarian outfits, are trying to spread hatred among communities. Though their activities were brought to the notice of the government by the intelligence agencies, no action has been taken against them. In the Panayikkulam and the Wagamon incidents, the government had taken a stand helpful to the perpetrators of crime, he said. He alleged that certain ministers had connections with the leaders of extremist organisations.

Mr. Rajagopal alleged that the Congress was trying to divert the attention of the people. Such an attitude was helpful to the extremist forces. BJP State secretary P.M. Velayudhan, district president Nedumbasserry Ravi, district general secretary N.P. Sankaran Kutty, district vice-president M. Ashish, V.K. Sudevan, K.R. Rajagopal, K. Chandramohan, E.S. Purushothaman, M.N. Madhu, Rashmi Saji, K. Sasidharan Master, P. Sajev, Babu Kariyad and other leaders spoke.