Stray dog issue: Why give importance to Maneka, asks Ker BJP

\ Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 28 (PTI) Kerala BJP today asked\the ruling LDF in the state why was it attaching \\"over\importance\\" to the statements of Union minister Maneka Gandhi\on the stray dog issue.\ BJP Kerala chief Kummanam Rajasekharan alleged that the\state government was trying to \\"run away from its\responsibilities\\" of checking the stray dog menace by blaming\her.\ In an open letter to state Minister for Local\Administration KT Jaleel, posted on Facebook, Rajasekharan\claimed that Maneka was making these statements as an \\"animal\rights activist\\".\ His reaction came in the wake of Jaleel\\’s sharp criticism\of the Union Minister for Women and Child Development in the\Assembly today over her \\"frequent interventions and\statements\\" against the state government\\’s initiatives to\check the stray dog menace.\ \\"As many as 10 people in the state have been killed in\stray dog attacks in the last 10 months. As it is the state\government\\’s responsibility to protect the lives and assets of\the people, why is it blaming the Centre?\\" Rajasekharan asked.\ \\"How long can you (state government) run away from your\responsibilities by blaming the Union minister and the\Centre?\\" he asked.\ The state BJP chief also wanted to know \\"why was so much\importance being given to the statements of the Union minister\on the issue of stray dogs\\".\ Rajasekharan also suspected the involvement of some\\\"mafia\\", who were \\"not keen to put an end\\" to the stray dog\menace, behind the latest controversy.\ Earlier in the day, the lone BJP member in the Assembly, O\Rajagopal, also said in the House that the state should not\\\"backtrack\\" from its initiatives over the statement of an\\\"individual Union minister\\".\ The stray dog issue again hit the headlines in Kerala\after the gruesome killing of a 90-year-old man, Raghavan, who\was mauled to death by a pack of street dogs at Varkala on\October 26. PTI LGK JRK UD APR\RC\

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