BJP wants KFD, PFI branded as 'terrorist organisations', seeks NIA office in Mangaluru
Ahead of Amit Shah's visit to Karnataka, the state BJP unit held a day-long executive meet. While the focus was the Vistarak program, the state BJP claimed that terror activities had increased in Karnataka's coastal districts.
Taking a jibe at the Congress government for releasing activists of the Popular Front of India from jail last year, the BJP demanded both, the PFI and the Karnataka Forum for Dignity (KFD) to be declared 'terrorist organisations'.
"Terrorist activities have increased in Bhatkal, Udupi, Kasargod and Mangaluru. There is a need to keep it in check and we are demanding that the NIA set up an office in the coastal region of Karnataka. We also demand that the PFI and KFD are branded as terrorist organisations and banned like the SIMI," said BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje.
Cornered by the Congress on issues of separate religious status for Lingayats, Kannada flag controversy and anti-Hindi imposition, the BJP tried to fall back on the communal violence agenda.
"Two people were murdered despite sec 144 being imposed in Mangaluru. RSS and BJP workers are being targeted. What has become of the law and order situation in the state?," asked Karandlaje.
Leaders of the state BJP met in Bengaluru on Sunday to discuss the political situation in the state and prepare for national president Amit Shah's three-day visit beginning August 12. While the state unit has been on the backfoot on various issues, the tables are expected to turn after Amit Shah's visit.