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BJP demands CPI(M) legislator P K Sasi's resignation over sexual abuse case

The accused MLA described the complaint as a "well planned conspiracy" to malign him politically

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Sitaram Yechury
Sitaram Yechury

The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) youth wing on Wednesday took out a march in Thiruvananthapuram against a (Marxist) legislator P K Sasi. The BJP demanded Sasi's resignation after he was accused by a party worker of trying to sexually abuse her. The incident brought into focus the cracks within the CPI (M).

The woman, a member of the Democratic Youth Federation of India, the youth wing of the CPI (M), had sent her complaint to CPI (M) Politburo Member Brinda Karat on August 14. She had also sent a copy to CPI (M) General Secretary (pictured). However, no action was taken until Yechury told reporters in Delhi on Tuesday that the party has initiated a probe into the complaint. BJP's Kerala unit President P S Sreedharan Pillai alleged that the CPI (M) leadership tried to hush up the matter. The accused MLA described the complaint as a “well planned conspiracy” to malign him politically.

gears up for action

The (BJP) and the would be launching their campaign for next week. On September 12, BJP President Amit Shah will kick off his tour in the state from Ujjain. Shah is expected to give final shape to the party’s poll preparations and collate feedback from ground-level workers.

The BJP president’s visit will be followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit on September 25 to Bhopal where he will address a mega convention, Karyakarta Mahakumbh, on the birth anniversary of Deendayal Upadhyay. On his part, President will launch his party’s campaign from Bhopal on September 17. He will hold a road show and meet the party cadre.

Hack alert!

Former (BJP) Rajya Sabha member on Tuesday posted a series of tweets that ridiculed his party and its leadership for criticising President Rahul Gandhi’s pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar. “You are not there because you are very popular. You are there because there is this person behind you (in) Shed your arrogance,” one of his tweets said. By midnight, Vijay had deleted all the tweets. “I am on (sic) morning walk and I am okay. Sacked person handling my tweets,” Vijay tweeted a little after midnight. “Thank you friends for showing faith in us and not believing the wrong tweets. It happened when we were shifting home. Password misused and I am filing a police complaint,” Vijay later tweeted.

First Published: Wed, September 05 2018. 23:22 IST