Will intervene in Munnar if needed: Rajnath Singh

The encroachment and land grabbing in Munnar is led by local MP and MLA.

Kochi: Union home minister Rajnath Singh said that Centre will weigh its options before intervening in Munnar encroachments.

Speaking to reporters at Aluva on Sunday after receiving a memorandum from a BJP team led by state president Kummanam Rajasekharan, Mr Singh said the government will study the issue before taking a decision on the matter. The memorandum submitted by Mr Kummanam said the situation in Munnar is similar to disasterprone Uttarkhand and sought the intervention of the National Disaster Management Authority in the matter.

The encroachment and land grabbing in Munnar is led by local MP and MLA and in such a situation a probe by the state government agencies will not be fair, Mr Kummanam said. “The failure to take timely action will lead to Uttarakhand-like disaster in Munnar,” he added.

Making the keynote address at the valedictory function of the Navati Celebration of P. Parameswaran in Kochi, the home minister said Kerala could become the best state in the country if it ends the culture of dealing with dissenting opinions with violence. “We have asked the Chief Minister to resolve this crisis. He has promised stern measures will be adopted. The state government should implement the assurance,” he said.

Describing Mr Parameswaran as the best example of a person living without false pretensions, Mr Singh said BJP has been a victim of political untouchability for upholding national ethos. “The BJP is not having untouchability towards anybody despite its countrywide success,” he added.

Delivering the presidential address, Justice (Retd) K.T. Thomas condemned the anti-national activities taking place in the country. Referring to the incidents in Jawaharlal Nehru University he said observing the anniversary of a person subjected to capital punishment for indulging in anti-national activities will also amount to sedition.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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