KERALA

Togadia: State soft on fundamentalists

Staff Reporter

Kozhikode: Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) international secretary-general Praveen Togadia has accused the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Democratic Front government of being soft on tackling fundamentalist organisations in the State.

Addressing a news conference here on Monday, Mr. Togadia said the government had not shown sincerity in curbing the activities of such organisations operating in the State. This was obvious from the terror attacks carried out by operatives from the State in other south Indian States.

He said that political parties had not taken action against those indulging in jihadi teachings in the State. That was why terrorism spread in the country.

Referring to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s move to implement the recommendations of the Ranganath Mishra Committee report, he said the VHP would mobilise students and youths to fight this ‘democratically and legally.’ The report recommended 10 per cent reservation for Muslims in government jobs besides reservations for Dalit Christians. Implementing the recommendations would snatch away the job opportunities of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. The proposal was in violation of a verdict of the Supreme Court and against the basic tenets of the Constitution, he said.

He said the VHP would also spearhead an agitation against the Centre’s proposal to grant Below Poverty Line (BPL) status to all Muslims.

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