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Addressing a `Meet-the-Press' programme organised by the Kozhikode Press Club today, Mr. Pillai said the Chief Minister was under pressure from the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML).
(Mr Pillai was referring to Mr. Antony's statement that `there is nothing wrong with the minorities making their demand''.)
Reiterating his party's demand for a CBI inquiry into the Marad violence, Mr. Pillai said only a CBI inquiry could bring justice to the `harassed' Araya community in Marad. "I had written to seven Muslim organisations in this regard. The Jamaat-e-Islami, Mujahid and the MSS had replied that if necessary they would support the demand. However, they later changed their stand," he said.
Reiterating his party's charge that the IUML was blocking a CBI probe, he said that if the IUML and other Muslim organisations jointly appealed for a CBI probe, the Chief Minister would definitely order a probe.
(Meanwhile, the Araya Samajam today decided to intensify its stir for a CBI probe. Its general secretary, T. Suresh, told presspersons that a mass dharna would be organised at the Manachira Square here on the 100th day after the Marad massacre on August 9. Denying the allegation that Muslim families were ``forcefully evacuated'' from Marad after May 2, the Samajam leader said they had left on their own then. ``Let them come back and live in Marad on their own. But the Government's policy of rehabilitating all those who had abetted the crime would only worsen the situation,'' he added.)
Asked about the stand of the Centre on Indian-born Pakistan citizens, Mr Pillai said the Centre had liberalised most of the procedures. The Home Department has formed a special cell to deal with such cases. "However, of late, the Centre has been strict in such cases because of Pakistan's hostility towards India. The State police should take action in such cases. In the past, several genuine cases in Malappuram district had got a verdict in favour of staying in India,'' he said.
The new BJP chief said he would bring in changes in the party, both in the organisational and working approaches, in tune with the times. A practical approach of strengthening the party from the booth-level would be taken up. The new slogan for BJP workers was `Karmam, Marmam and Dharmam' (`Action, Strategy and Duty'), he said.
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