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Kannur violence: BJP hits out at CM

Kannur violence: BJP hits out at CM

Thiruvananthapuram: BJP in Kerala Wednesday hit out at the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for blaming the RSS for the violence in Kannur and doubted his "call for peace initiative".

BJP state chief Kummanom Rajasekharan said it was unfortunate that Vijayan used the state Assembly to attack RSS for the Kannur violence and give a clean chit to CPI-M.

Slamming the CPI-M, he said after the LDF 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 RSS for the violence. This triggers suspicion whether he was serious in bringing peace to the area," he said.

Referring to the statement of CPI-M 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 BJP did not co-operate in peace talks, he said it was CPI-M who refused to budge.

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

Meanwhile, senior CPI-M leader P Jayarajan Wednesday 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 CPI 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.

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