Ahead of Kerala polls, BJP asks EC to ensure violence-free environment

New Delhi: Citing cases of political violence targeting workers of the party in Kerala, BJP on Tuesday asked the Election Commission to take strong measures to ensure violence-free poll in the state.

Union ministers Smriti Irani and Rajiv Pratap Rudy told a press conference that the attacks were outcome of a "nexus" between ruling Congress and the Left as they are worried by the "surge" in BJP's support in the state.

Rajiv Pratap Rudy. AFP

Rajiv Pratap Rudy. AFP

"Violence is being used as a political tool to suppress our voice," Irani said, alleging that Left workers were carrying out attacks while Congress was strategically supporting it.

"Situation is very critical. We do not expect a free and fair election in Kerala," Rudy said, adding that a party delegation will soon meet the Commission to press for strong measures to be taken in the state.

In recent cases of violence, former Kerala BJP chief V Muraleedharan was among 16 persons injured in an alleged attack by CPI-M workers at Kattayikonam on Monday.

On March 8, RSS worker E K Biju was hacked to death, Rudy said, adding that hundreds of party workers over the years have been killed in Kannur.

The BJP-led alliance in the state had created concern among the two bigger parties, he said, and "emerging signs of its great victory" have compelled them to target saffron workers.

A Dalit girl student tried to commit suicide after being harassed by the Left workers, Irani said.

Rudy is party's co-incharge for Kerala assembly polls and the delegation to the Commission will be headed by Union Minister J P Nadda, who is in-charge, he said.


Updated Date: Mar 15, 2016 20:00 PM

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