BJP’s Kerala unit Thursday said Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi’s statement on culling of stray dogs had dented the party’s and the central government’s image in the state. Maneka had urged the Kerala government to invoke the stringent anti-goons Act against those killing stray dogs. The Act is meant to tackle anti-social elements.
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In a letter to Maneka, BJP national council member and former state unit chief V Muraleedharan urged her to show restraint as opponents would misinterpret her remarks to tarnish the image of the central government and BJP. He said the people of Kerala are forced to cull stray dogs as the menace has assumed a dangerous proportions.
“In an extremely appalling situation, rather than expressing solidarity with the general public in addressing this menace, your statement to impose anti-goons Act has invited the wrath of the people in Kerala. Women and children are at the receiving end of stray dog attacks. Rather than expressing solidarity with the children, you speak against the people who are trying to get rid of the menace,’’ he said.
“Being an activist you are free to air your personal views in this regard. But you should have ensured that your personal views do not get reflected as the view of the Union government,’’ he added. Muraleedharan told Maneka that the issue was not connected to her portfolio.