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BJP blames Sonia for crisis in State

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KOZHIKODE, JAN. 29. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has held the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, responsible for the "non-governance" in Kerala for the last ten months, resulting in the stalling of all development activities.

Placing the blame squarely on Ms. Gandhi for precipitating the ongoing crisis in her party in the State, the BJP State president, P.S. Sreedharan Pillai, formally announced the party's sentiments on the issue at a press conference here today.

He said the Congress leadership was not able to hold the party together. The drama was not just an internal matter, but had assumed dimensions of a political crisis. He alleged that it was the indifference and lack of a sense of democratic traditions of the high command which had resulted in the imbroglio in the State unit attaining the nature of a crisis with national connotations.

Claiming that the BJP had been experiencing an influx of members from all sections, Mr. Pillai said his party had kept its doors open, especially in the light of the stalemate in the Congress.

"I am at a loss to understand why the Congress president, who has been holding parleys with all and sundry, had no time to meet a senior party leader such as K. Karunakaran,'' he said.

As for the secular front, which was in the making, its very foundation had been threatened by the inclusion of a party such as the Muslim League, he opined.

Mr. Pillai asked Congressmen to have a rethink on the on-goings in the party. Leaving the governance of the State in the hands of the Muslim League would be suicidal. It was time the United Democratic Front, which had failed the people and ignored its founder, Mr. Karunakaran, was disbanded, he said.

The BJP's campaign `Atalji sandesha yatra' was being organised in the State from January 23 to February 23.

Door-to-door visits, cycle and motor rallies and public meetings would form part of the campaign.

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