BJP Started The Violence By Attacking A Victory Procession, Alleges Sitaram Yechury

22/05/2016 5:10 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 17: Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India, addressing the media on November 17, 2015 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Ramesh Pathania/Mint via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Hitting back, CPI(M) today blamed BJP and RSS for the violence in Kerala, alleging that their workers had attacked the victory processions of Left leaders as the saffron outfits were not willing to accept the people's verdict.

"The CPI(M) very strongly condemns the attacks and vandalism the BJP has organised. It is the BJP and RSS workers who started this bout of violence by attacking a victory procession," party leader Sitaram Yechury alleged.

"This has happened across the state. The BJP is simply not willing to accept the democratic verdict of the people of Kerala," he told reporters.

The Left party claimed that allegations against its workers were "false" and BJP leadership was adopting a "hypocritical and dishonest position" about what has happened in Kerala.

"Allegations against CPI(M) workers are false and BJP leadership is adopting a hypocritical and dishonest position about what happened in Kerala."

Its reaction came on a day BJP workers staged a demonstration outside the CPI(M) headquarters here over the alleged attacks on party workers in Kerala and a party delegation, comprising Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, J P Nadda and Nirmala Sitharaman, several MPs and Kerala BJP President Kummanam Rajasekharan, met the President over the issue.

The CPI(M) politburo, meanwhile, asked BJP to ensure that its Kerala unit "stops making such attacks and issuing threats to it" and said the Left Front will contribute to maintaining peace and avoiding clashes.

"The BJP is levelling false allegations about violence by the CPIM) against its workers in Kerala. The BJP leadership is adopting a hypocritical and dishonest position about what has actually happened in Kerala.

On May 19, when results were declared, CPI(M) workers took out a victory procession in Pinarayi. "This procession was attacked by the BJP-RSS workers resulting in the death of C V Raveendran, a 53-year-old member of the CPI(M). His son Jishen and four others were injured," it said citing more instances of violence allegedly by BJP workers.

"The people of Kerala gave a resounding verdict in favour of the LDF," the statement said, alleging that "it is against this democratic verdict of people that BJP launched attacks in various places against the CPI(M) and LDF workers".

Such attacks will not be tolerated by the people, it said.

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