Salem divison: BJP for state-wide 'hartal' on Nov 1

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Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 10 (UNI) The BJP in Kerala has called for a state-wide 'hartal' on November one-- ''Keralapiravi'', the State Formation Day-- protesting against the formation of Salem railway division.

Alleging that the 29 MPs from the state and the Centre had ''cheated'' the Keralites by bifurcating the Palakkad division to form Salem division, BJP state unit president P K Krishnadas told reporters here today that the state had lost important revenue sectors.

He urged the people to ensure that the 'hartal', to be observed on the inaugural day of the Salem division, was a success by boycotting the celebrations of ''Keralapiravi''.

However, he said, if the Centre went ahead with the setting up of the railway coach factory and declaration of a new Railway Zone for the state as agreed by it during the talks with the MPs, simultaneously on November one, the BJP would call off the hartal.

It would also organise protest marches to the Central Government offices and observe October 31 as a ''protest day''.

Claiming that there was enough space for a ''third front'' in the state, he asked all like-minded parties, social organisations and those parties which maintained equi-distance from both the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF), to come forward to form an alternative.


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