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BJP seeks inquiry into NDF-ISI links

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`LDF too has a lot to answer'

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: : The BJP State president, P. S. Sreedharan Pillai, on Thursday demanded an inquiry into the alleged links between the National Development Front (NDF) and the Pakistani Intelligence agency, IS1.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Pillai wanted to know the UDF Government's reaction to the former Kozhikode police commissioner, Neera Rawat's deposition before the Marad Commission that the NDF had links with the ISS. He said that the onus was on the LDF to reply why it concealed a State intelligence report when it was in power during the period referred to by the police officer.

He said the deposition assumed a new dimension in the context of the National Security Advisor, M. K. Narayanan's recent statement on this issue. He demanded a CBI probe into the Marad incident. The BJP and other Hindu organisations had been constantly demanding a CBI probe into the terrorist and inter-State links of the accused in the Marad case. The Centre and the State Government should now come forward to order a CBI probe in the interest of national security.

Three-day campaign

The BJP leader also announced that the party would stage a three-day campaign against the sandalwood mafia that was ruling the roost in Marayoor. The party would stage a march in Marayoor on June 5, culminating in a similar march to the DFO's office in Palakkad on June 8 demanding action against the sandalwood mafia.

He said that the party would also launch a water protection campaign from Plachimada to Parassinikadavu to highlight the double standards of the ruling and opposition fronts. He said the CPI (M) should abandon its proposed water theme park in Kannur district.

The party would hold a two-day "chinthan baitak" on May 25 and 26 at Kochi to chart out its strategy for the 2006 Assembly elections. Senior leaders Venkaiah Naidu and Pramod Mahajan would participate in the `baitak.' It had decided not to contest the Koothuparamba and Azheekode byelections as the party did not have a proper electoral base in these constituencies.

There was no basis to the charge that the BJP would transfer its vote to the Congress. It is for the CPI(M) leadership to reply why its share of votes went down in two panchayats in the recent byelection to the Vadakkancherry seat contested by K Muraleedharan.

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