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BJP finalises candidates in most wards, divisions

Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Bharatiya Janata Party has decided on its candidates for the panchayat and municipal elections in most of the wards and divisions.

The decisions in this respect have been made at the local and district levels. Formal announcements, however, will come only later.

The party is focusing on local development in the elections and will be trying for electoral understandings with disgruntled elements from the ruling and Opposition fronts. It will also be canvassing support of various social groups. A meeting of the office-bearers of the party is scheduled for October 16 in Kochi for assignment of election work to State-level leaders and for planning the campaign. Party spokesman George Kurian said that the party would be fielding candidates in all areas where it has a presence and organisational set-up needed for the campaign.

It had already initiated the campaign at the local level and would be stepping up the campaign in view the announcement of the elections on Tuesday. (The polling is scheduled for October 23 and 25).

Flays government

BJP State president V. Muraleedharan said on Tuesday that the government decided to contribute Rs.5 crore to Pakistan for flood relief with cheap political motives.

In a statement here, the BJP leader said the decision was aimed at wooing Muslim votes in the local body elections. Though several Indian States were facing floods, the State government had not come to their aid. Nor had it offered any help when neighbouring nations such as Sri Lanka and Bangladesh faced floods and other calamities. However, it was offering aid to Pakistan which had shown reluctance to accept aid from the Indian government.

Mr. Muraleedharan added that the decision amounted to misuse of public funds for electoral gains.

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