BJP-RSS national leadership behind Kerala violence: CPI-M

Thiruvananthapuram, May 22 (IANS) The BJP-RSS’ national leadership is behind the organised violence unleashed against the CPI-M in Kerala, said top party leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan on Sunday.

Addressing reporters here after a party meeting, Balakrishnan, who is state secretary of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), claimed that this organised attack against the party here and in Delhi was a planned one.

“The BJP-RSS was expecting to win about a dozen seats in the assembly polls here, but they won just one seat,” he said, adding that to vent their frustration, the BJP-RSS “has unleashed violence here and in Delhi”.

“This planned violence was based on a call given by union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and the RSS leadership,” he alleged.

Balakrishnan said that so far the BJP has unleashed violence at 41 places in eight districts of the state, in which 62 CPI-M workers had been attacked and two have been killed.

He said 25 houses and 12 party offices were also attacked.

“The Congress party is maintaining silence against this attack and also even when Prasad made a strong statement that they would deal the CPI-M on the streets, the Congress did not utter a word and they are lying low.

“We however have asked our workers to remain calm. We have decided to start a state-wide campaign against this attack,” said Balakrishnan.

–IANS

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