`Stir not to scuttle process of law'

KOLLAM, NOV. 29. The BJP leader O. Rajagopal has said that his party's protest against the arrest of the Kanchi Acharya, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, is not to scuttle the process of law or to demand his release, but to condemn the manner in which the Acharya was arrested.

Addressing a meet-the-press programme here today, he pointed out that ``even the Prime Minister had expressed concern over the manner in which the Acharya was arrested.'' As a religious head, the Acharya is entitled to some basic considerations. There appears to be some clear vendetta behind the arrest.


He said the BJP would carry out a sustained campaign demanding the resignation of the Industries Minister, P.K. Kunhalikutty, in the wake of the fresh exposures on the Minister's alleged involvement in the ice-cream parlour sex scandal. More that the Minister's alleged role in the scandal, it is the Government's efforts to hush up the case which sound intriguing to the people.

Mr. Rajagopal alleged that the Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, was extending covert support to the Minister. Mr. Kunhalikutty should have resigned on moral grounds.


Earlier, Mr. Rajagopal inaugurated the southern region leaders conference of the party's State unit. He said the BJP would launch the Kasargode-Thiruvananthapuram Dharma Raksha Yatra on December 3. The yatra, for launching a mass movement to press the resignation of Mr. Kunhalikutty, will be formally flagged off by the BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu. The BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi will address the yatra in Thiruvananthapuram on December 17.

He said that on December 1, the Mahila Morcha would organise a rally and dharna in Thiruvananthapuram demanding the resignation of Mr. Kunhalikutty. The morcha will organise a 24-hour mass fast in front of the Secretariat to press the demand.

Te future course of action on the issue will be finalised at the State council meeting of the party in Palakkad on December 18 and 19. The party president, L.K. Advani, and the party general secretary, Pramod Mahajan, will attend the meeting.

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