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Congress blames CPI(M) for growth of terror outfits

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Says it adopted soft approach


Claims it offered covert and overt support

KPCC plans campaign against terrorism


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A leadership meeting of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) has squarely blamed the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) for the growth of terrorist forces in the State.

In a resolution adopted at the meeting here on Thursday, the KPCC said the current wave of disclosures of terrorist links in the State was the outcome of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government's refusal to pay heed to the repeated red alerts issued by Central intelligence agencies.

The Congress had warned the CPI(M) of the dangers when it sought the cooperation of fundamentalists and fringe organisations in the Assembly elections four years ago.

Open ties

The CPI(M) forged open ties with organisations like the People's Democratic Front (PDP), the Jamat-e-Islami and Popular Front of India (PFI). During the last four years, the CPI(M) and the LDF government had been adopting a soft approach towards such forces, besides extending overt and covert support, the resolution said.

Addressing a press conference after the meeting, KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala said the Home Department had miserably failed in nipping all terror activities in the bud.

It shut its eyes on the activities of some of these fundamentalist and fringe groups and was reluctant to take action to control them. He alleged that the CPI(M) had always played with majority and minority communalism in its attempt to capture power. The Congress party would continue to hold the Gandhian and secular values to fight these forces, he said.

To questions on the Congress party's alleged reluctance to name the PFI, Mr. Chennithala clarified that the Congress party had never forged any kind of alliance or electoral understanding with these groups. It had neither extended any kind of cooperation nor shared a common platform with them, he said.

He said the Congress wanted the State government to investigate the case against the attack on a professor at Thodupuzha properly and bring the culprits to book. His party wanted initiation of criminal proceedings in such gruesome cases instead of depicting it as an action of a religious group.

The KPCC leadership decided to launch a campaign against terrorism, beginning July 31.

Evening sit-in

Congress workers under the auspices of the 280 block committees would hold an evening sit-in on July 31. In the second phase, the campaign would shift to the mandalam committee level with ‘padayatras' being organised between August 9 and 15.

The third phase would witness district conventions and activists' meetings and these would be held between August 14 and 20, he said.

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