BJP blames LDF for Kerala worker’s death, Left says false charges

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 21, 2016 22:47 IST
CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat (right) with party leader Pinarayi Vijayan, who is set to be new chief minister of Kerala. (PTI)

The Left parties countered on Saturday the BJP, which claimed that the LDF killed its worker in Kerala, and termed the charges “totally false”. The Left Front suggested the NDA major was unable to come to terms with the assembly poll results favouring Communist parties and hence levelling the charges.

Attacking the Left Front over party worker Pramod’s murder, BJP chief Amit Shah accused it of “violating” the people’s mandate even as his party said it will not sit quiet and fight on the streets if violence continues.

While Shah attacked the Left in a series of tweets, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad later addressed a press conference to hit out at the Left.

The Left Democratic Front (LDF) put on an impressive show to return to power in Kerala, securing over 90 seats in the 140-seat capacity state assembly.

“... they have been attacking our workers all over and to claim they are at the receiving end is totally false. (It is) the RSS and BJP workers who have indulged in such attack after the results were announced,” former CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat said in his reply.

Karat also listed a series of events in which the Left cadre was allegedly attacked by the RSS-BJP combine in parts of Kerala including constituency of CPI(M) leader Pinarayi Vijayan, set to become next chief minister of the state, after the assembly polls outcome was out.

“... but they (BJP) are not mentioning anything about this,” he said.

Describing the “behaviour” of the BJP as “arrogant”, CPI national secretary D Raja suggested it to “learn how to work in a multi-party culture” of India and respect mandate given by people of Kerala.

“The BJP should understand it has to work in a multi-party democracy. There are non-BJP governments in many part of the country.

“In Kerala, the LDF has won, it is also going to be a non-BJP government. The BJP is unable to come to terms with the result in Kerala,” Raja said.

Raja accused the BJP of threatening the LDF even before it takes charge of office and said the “arrogance and authoritarianism” is not in the interest of democracy.

“On one side, BJP talks about co-operative federalism and on the other hand, they are threatening non-BJP Government. Their co-operative talk will become empty talk if they do not acknowledge there are non-BJP Governments which can not be threatened by it,” he added.

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