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P J Kurien: BJP sees conspiracy, State unit demands resignation

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Thiruvananthapuram: BJP central leadership and the State unit seem to be standing apart as far as the resignation of Rajya Sabha deputy speaker P J Kurien, who is allegedly involved in the Suryanelli rape case, is concerned.

BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Friday refuted the State unit’s call for Kurien’s resignation while party state president V Muraleedharan said that Kurien had no moral right to continue in the post.

Naqvi said that he did not see any need to demand Kurien’s resignation as it is a political conspiracy. He added that the party’s stand on the issue in the parliament will be decided by the parliamentary committee.

However, Muraleedharan told reporters in Kozhikode that Kurien should step down from the post till the probe is completed.

Muraleedharan alleged that various information coming out in the case reveal that attempts are being made to sabotage the case. UDF government's reported stand that a re-investigation into the rape case was not possible is 'childish', he alleged.

Attempts were made during the rule of both the LDF and UDF to clear Kurien's name in the case, he alleged.

BJP state secretary, KS Rajan charged that the then investigating officer in the case Sibi Mathew had allegedly altered the statement given by him (Rajan) about having seen Kurien in Tiruvalla at a house of one PK Idukkula on the day when the alleged sexual assault on the girl had taken place.

Rajan said he would resort to legal steps against Mathew.

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