Kerala: 'CM himself putting sword in hands of both communal forces,' says Congress's Ramesh Chennithala

Kochi (Kerala): 

Senior Congress leader and former Home Minister of Kerala Ramesh Chennithala on Monday accused the state Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan  of handing over swords in the hands of both the communal forces himself. The minister reacted on the alleged political murders Popular Front of India (PFI) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) workers in the Palakkad district.

The Congress leader slammed the ruling party in the state saying, “The CPIM has a history of alternately promoting both communalisms. The Chief Minister is himself putting the sword in the hands of both the communal forces. That is the reason for the increase in murders in Kerala today.”

‘Both communalism must be avoided. Minority communalism and majority communalism are equally dangerous. The position is that we should oppose both by seeing them as one. The CPIM adopts an approach that promotes both forms of communalism,” he added.  

He further said, “Kerala has become a land of bloodshed. There have been more than 50 political murders since the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan government came to power. Murders in Palakkad are similar to the murders that happened in Alappuzha earlier. The Kerala Police is not ready to learn a lesson from any of this.”

“Widespread killings and violence are taking place. When you wake up in the morning, Kerala is turning into a place where you can see blood in the yard. Is the government not responsible for any of this? Not police? Not the Home Department? A passive home department is proving to be the cause of all this,” he said.

A PFI leader died on April 15 in a village located near Palakkad who was allegedly hacked to death at Elappully in the district while he was returning home after offering prayers in a mosque on Friday afternoon. 

Meanwhile, next day on, on April 16, another man was hacked to death by a gang in Palakkad. He was allegedly an RSS worker who was attacked by a group of assailants at his shop in Palakkad. 

(With inputs from ANI)


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