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BJP hits out at Kerala CM

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

in today hit out at the Chief Minister for blaming the for the violence in Kannur and doubted his "call for peace initiative".

state chief Kummanom Rajasekharan said it was unfortunate that Vijayan used the to attackRSS for the Kannur violence and give a clean chit to CPI(M).

Slamming the CPI(M), he said after the government came to power in May, 250 incidents of violence took place and CPI(M) workers were accused in 80 per cent of them.

CPI(M) attacked 31 houses in two stages at Pinarayi itself, the homeland of Chief Minister, after this government came to power, he alleged.

Rajasekharan said police remain mere spectators to the violence in Kannur. "Police in Kannur had openly stated that they were helpless and CPI(M) cadres were even threatening them (police personnel)," he said.

"The Chief Minister who knows everything that happens in Kannur is now blaming for the violence. This triggers suspicion whether he was serious in bringing peace to the area," he said.

Referring to the statement of Kannur District Secretary that the party in Kannur did not have the "habit of suffering everything with folded hands," Rajasekharan said, "When the Chief Minister was calling for peace, his party leader was encouraging violence."

Rejecting Vijayan's charge that did not co-operate in peace talks, he said it was who refused to budge.

"It was CPI(M) leaders who rejected with contempt the peace talk proposal made by chief", he pointed out.

Meanwhile, senior CPI(M) leader P Jayarajan today said, it was not right to equate CPI(M) with RSS and said "the party ignore those who weigh both CPI(M) and RSS in the same weighing balance".

"There will be permanent peace in Kannur if RSS decides," he told reporters here.

RSS leaders from outside the district were also involved in the violence, he said, adding police should apprehend them by charging offences of conspiracy.

He alleged that some BJP leaders were behind the murder of CPI(M) local committee member Mohanan in the district earlier this month.

He also criticised state secretary Kannam Rajendran's statement that CPI(M) should not fall in the trap of RSS that law and order situation has collapsed in the state.

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

First Published: Wed, October 19 2016. 20:57 IST