Kasargod: Both majority and minority
religious extremism adversely affect the development process
and are dangerous for the country, Defence Minister A K Antony
said on Friday.
"Both majority and minority religious extremism are
not good for development and dangerous for the country," he
said at an election meeting at nearby Kumbala in support of
UDF candidate for Manjeswaram, Abdul Razak.
He said those who try to destablise communal harmony
are enemies of the country and the people.
Antony claimed India has witnessed faster changes in
all sectors in the last six years of Congress-led UPA rule as
the alliance has put in place a development agenda and taken
steps to prevent communal and religious violence.
"The UPA Government has put India on the path of
progress and achieved faster development in the last five to
six years as the alliance led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
and AICC President Sonia Gandhi has put in place a development
agenda and prevented any communal and religious violence," he
He said it was due to the `able governance` of these
two leaders that there were no starvation deaths in Kerala and
not due to the governance under Chief Minister V S
Lauding IUML leader late Panakkad Shihab Thangal`s
effort to maintain communal amity in Kerala when there was
trouble across the country, Antony said IUML like Congress was
also playing a key role in protecting communal harmony in
Pointing out that the UDF objective was to make Kerala
a model state, he said, "Kerala should be relieved from
quotation gangs, land mafia, political murders and liquor
The main fight in Manjeswaram constituency is between
Abdul Razak (UDF), C H Kunjambu (LDF) and K Surendran (BJP).