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Kerala political violenece: O Rajagopal accuses CPM of attacking BJP workers out of desperation

Thiruvananthapuram: A senior Kerala BJP leader Friday accused the ruling CPM of unleashing attacks on the saffron party workers "out of desperation".

O Rajagopal, the lone BJP MLA in the Kerala assembly, said the CPM had been targeting the saffron party out of "desperation" as the party was gaining ground in the southern state.

He also claimed that the BJP has started attracting the people from backward communities, a constituency which earlier sided with the Left. It has further infuriated the ruling CPM, he added.

A file photo of O Rajagopal. Image credit: Facebook

A file photo of O Rajagopal. Image credit: Facebook

He cited the 29 July killing of RSS worker Rajesh in the state capital to buttress his claim.

Rajagopal said his party was for peace, but rued its approach in this connection was not being shared by the Left party. "They talk about freedom of speech, tolerance and democracy. But here, they practice intolerance towards views held by others. It is not only the RSS-BJP, even workers of the CPI, Congress and other parties have suffered atrocities at the hands of CPM," Rajagopal told reporters here.

To drive home his point, Rajagopal, a former union minister, alleged that the CPM is not allowing the RSS-BJP combine carry out their activities in the state, particularly in the violence-hit district of Kannur.

Kannur is the home turf of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and witnessed six of the 14 murders, allegedly perpetrated by CPM workers, after the Left Democratic Front (LDF) regained power in the state in 2016.

"They have developed 'party grams' (party villages) where no other party worker or leader is allowed to even enter or visit people. These villages have voters of the CPM," the legislator said.

Rajagopal, however, exuded confidence that the BJP was gaining ground in the state. Referring to the Mattanoor municipal election, which the CPM-led LDF won handsomely winning 28 of 35 seats, he said that the BJP emerged second in nine wards.

"We were second in two wards during the last civic poll. Now this time, we are second in nine wards. In two of them, the BJP stood second, while the CPM is third. This has made the CPM desperate," he said.

He also said that the BJP was for peace in the state. However, he alleged, the CPM had not been following the "code of conduct" the two parties had agreed upon during peace talks held in the 1980s.

Updated Date: Aug 11, 2017 20:32 PM

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