BJP-RSS trying to destabilise Kerala govt: CPI(M)

The CPI(M) today accused the BJP and the RSS of trying to destabilise the LDF government in Kerala by unleashing "false propaganda" about political violence to damage the Left party's image.

Talking to reporters here after a state committee meeting that reviewed the latest political situation, CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan charged the saffron party with "unleashing planned violence" in the state since the LDF government came to power last year.

He also alleged the violence was part of an "agenda" of BJP president Amit Shah to "destroy" the strongholds of the CPI(M) in the state.

Referring to the scheduled visit of Union minister Arun Jaitley to the house of a slain RSS worker here on August 6, besides families of BJP-RSS workers whose homes were attacked, he said the "false propaganda" by BJP national leaders, including Jaitley, was to "cover up" the attacks against CPI (M)cadres by the saffron party activists.

Balakrishnan said imposing the President's rule in Kerala would remain a 'daydream' of the RSS.

"The objective of BJP-RSS is to destabilise the state government...They are unleashing false propaganda that political violence is increasing in the state to taint the image of CPI(M) at the national level," he said.

Balakrishnan said if any state government is to be dissolved in the name of murders, it should first be the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, "where an average of 4,000 murders are reported annually".

"The rate of murders is lower in Kerala compared to many other states. So if they (Centre) wants to dissolve any state (government) in the name of murders, they should dissolve governments in UP, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan before Kerala," he said.

On the demand of some BJP leaders for imposing President's rule, he said the saffron party would lose its lone seat also in the next assembly elections if it happens.

"There is no need for us to be scared of such propaganda as long as we have public support....BJP's lone MLA O Rajagopal will also lose his seat. That is what is going to happen," he said.

Balakrishnan alleged it was RSS that kicked off violence against CPI(M) cadres on the very day the assembly election results were announced in May 2016.

As many as 13 CPI(M) workers had been killed and over 200 party members and sympathisers attacked in various incidents by BJP-RSS activists in the last one year, he alleged.

Several party offices and workers' houses were also attacked by them, he added.

Referring to the peace talk initiative launched by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, he said the state committee decided to extend full support to restore a peaceful political climate, which is essential for the development of the state.

On the controversy over summoning of the Chief Minister by the Governor in the wake of the political violence in the state, he said the party did not see any fault in the move.

However, Governor P Sathasivam should have avoided tweeting on this matter after the meeting, which had triggered criticism from many quarters, he said.

Balakrishnan said there is an attempt by the Congress and the BJP to spoil the good relations between the government and the Governor.

"The CPI(M) is not going to fall in their trap," he said.

Meanwhile, BJP state unit President Kummanam Rajasekharan alleged the CPI(M) was indulging in false propaganda against the party and RSS.

"This will only help sabotage the peace process, which is now on," he said.

Rajasekharan, however, made it clear that the BJP would fully cooperate with all efforts to maintain peace.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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