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The Ker­ala unit of the Bharatiya Janatha Par ty has an­nounced that it would sup­port the Gadgil Com­mit­tee re­port on the con­ser­va­tion of Western Ghats and op­pose a pro­posal to build an air­port at Aran­mula, in Path­namthitta district of the state.

Mak­ing its stand clear on some of t he key de­vel­op­ment is­sues i n t he s t at e B J P pr e si dent V Mu­ralid­ha­ran said that his unit would ap­praise the new BJP-led govern­ment at the Cen­tre about its stand on t he two is­sues. He said that the Gadgil Com­mit­tee re­por t is bet ter suited for con­ser­va­tion of Western Ghats as it can ad­dress con­cerns of farm­ers more ef­fec­tively, com­pared to the Kas­turi­ran­gan Com­mit­tee re­port. The pa r t y’s ea rlier stand was that the Kas­turi­ran­gan Com­mit­tee re­port was not necess a r y. T he Gadgi l Com­mit­tee re­port was bet ter suited to ad­dress is­sues in the re­gion. There is no change in this stand, he said. Led by the Catholic Church, people in the high-range districts of the state had voiced their strong protest against the rec­om­men­da­tions of the Gadgil Com­mit­tee. The ag­i­ta­tion con­tin­ued against the Kas­turi­ran­gan Com­mit­tee re­port also, though it had wa­tered down some of the main rec­om­men­da­tions made ear­lier. The BJ P leader said t hat t he state unit was also against the Aran­mula air­port project. The project i nvolves f i l li ng of wet­lands. The state unit of the party is against such a pol­icy. Mu­ralid­ha­ran added that as soon as the new govern­ment is formed at the Cen­tre, the party would send a del­e­ga­tion to meet rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the new govern­ment to dis­cuss some key de­vel­op­ment is­sues.

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