The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President Amit Shah says attacks on the party and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) workers have increased in Kerala since CPI(M) formed government in the state. Shah claimed that BJP and RSS functionaries are being attacked because the Left is worried due to the growing popularity of the saffron party in the southern state, according to an ANI report.
Shah says he condemns attacks on the saffron party’s functionaries. Shah had also added that BJP’s popularity cannot be checked by violence. According to a Jagran report, Shah spoke after the deaths of 13 BJP and RSS members over a short period of time.
Amit Shah has asked CPI(M) to function within the ambit of the Constitution and law of the land and not function according to the ideology of the party.
Recently, Kerala Governor P Sathasivam had asked Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to take immediate action in the death of an RSS leader in Kannur district of the State. The Kerala Governor asked the Chief minister for a swift probe after meeting a BJP delegation led by MLA O Rajagopal, according to an Indian Express report.
Countering BJP’s charge that CPI(M) had unleashed attacks on RSS-BJP workers, CPM state secretary Balakrishnan said 12 party workers were killed and 500 party cadres injured in assaults by RSS-BJP workers after the LDF government came to power in May 2016. Balakrishnan also alleged that the ‘saffron party had initiated a campaign to target the government under cover of the unfortunate incident of the political killing’.