KERALA

BJP to kick off election campaign today



Staff Reporter

National level leaders to address rallies National-level leaders to address rallies

KOTTAYAM: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would launch its campaign for the ensuing Assembly elections on Friday and would feature four of its senior leaders for the election campaign in March, said party State chief P.S. Sreedharan Pillai.

Speaking to media persons on Thursday, Mr. Sreedharan Pillai said party national vice-president L Ganesh will set the ball rolling by addressing a rally at Panoor in Kannur district.

Former Union Minister for Civil Aviation Rajiv Pratap Rudy will address party men in Kozhikode and Tirur on Friday. Former party president Venkaiah Naidu will address the rally in Chengannur on Saturday, he said.

BJP national president Rajnath Singh will arrive on a whirlwind tour of the State on March 20 and address a rally in Palakkad.

Mr. Venkaiah Naidu will again be in the State on March 28 and 29 when he would address party men in Ernakulam, Thrissur and Wayanad.

Mr. Sreedharan Pillai exuded confidence that the policy of appeasement of the minorities followed by the two major political fronts in the State would help the BJP as the majority community was fed up with the current developments, especially in the Left Democratic Front (LDF).

He reiterated his allegations that the national leaderships of the Congress and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M) were in collusion and they have approached the Assembly elections in Kerala and West Bengal as a "package."

The decision on the part of the Congress to move out of the grand alliance envisioned by Trinamool Congress against the Left coalition there and the decision of the CPI(M) leadership to pull down V.S Achuthanandan were part of this move, he alleged.

Mr. Sreedharan Pillai also alleged that the LDF and the United Democratic Front (UDF) were hand in glove in protecting their leaders against whom corruption charges were raised.

Investigations into six major cases were subverted on account of this unholy alliance, he alleged and named SNC Lavalin, Brahmapuram and Lower Periyar issues and charges of alleged corruption in the functioning of the Kottayam District Bank and Service Cooperatitve Bank, Ernakulam.