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Togadia won't be allowed to set his foot in Kerala: Antony

Describing BJP as "not secular", Kerala CM A K Antony alleged the ruling party at the centre was "allowing Togadias and Modis to rule the roost" with their extremist positions.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Thiruvanathapuram
PUBLISHED ON APR 15, 2004 08:47 PM IST

Describing BJP as "not secular", Kerala Chief Minister A K Antony on Thursday alleged the ruling party at the centre was "allowing Togadias and Modis to rule the roost" with their extremist positions.

Togadia was not allowed to visit Kerala as he had violated state police force directives last time. "His speech at Marad in Kozhikode, where communal clashes claimed nine lives last year, was provocative. He will not be allowed to set foot in Kerala before the May 10 Lok Sabha elections," Antony said, addressing a meet-the-press, organised by the Kerala Union of Working Journalists.

He alleged BJP was "encouraging" Togadias, while coming out with a softer stance on public issues, to "fool" the electorate. It was in the country's interests to ensure that the Congress-led front got a majority in the Lok Sabha poll.

He said the CPI-M, which stood against all reforms being carried out by the UDF government, had lost its relevance as a political party in Kerala."There will be a tough fight between LDF and UDF in the state and the BJP can't realise its dream of making it to the Lok Sabha."

He said no political party in Kerala would have the guts to say they did not need the support of community based organisations, who had been doing tremendous work in cultural, educational and health sectors in the past few decades.

Antony said the elections would be tough this time for the Congress on account of the fighting within the party. But party workers are slowly getting back to work and thus ensure the victory of its candidates, forgetting the fight between leaders for the last one year.

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