The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday accused the Communist Party of India (Marxist) for the killing of its activist in Kerala’s Kannur district and demanded a CBI probe into the incident, alleging that people not following the Left ideology are being murdered.
Noting that it was the seventh political murder in the district this year, BJP spokesperson Siddharth Nath Singh told ANI that they would raise this issue and would definitely respond to the violence of the Left.
“The CPM or the Left ideology has been violent and if you don’t stand with their ideology, they would like to defer with you by silencing through death or murder and that’s what is exactly happening in Kerala,” Singh said.
“It is highly condemnable, but certainly the BJP in a democratic manner will raise this issue and respond to the violence of the Left,” he added.
BJP Karnataka unit president and former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa too attacked the CPM, saying, “This murderous politics has seen a steady increase ever since CPM assumed office in Kerala”.
He said the brutal murder of Prenith had taken place near a petrol bunk in Pinarayi, the native village of chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, which was “a telling comment” on the state of affairs on the law and order front in Kerala.
Yeddyurappa warned the “politically-irrelevant and ideologically-bankrupt CPM” that Karnataka BJP will not be a silent onlooker and would be forced to launch a mass struggle to pressure CPM to stop pursuing “this politics of murder and mayhem.”
Meanwhile, BJP leader Sambit Patra said the incident exposes the governance in Kerala, as people are being hacked to death there on an everyday basis.
“A government that cannot protect lives cannot be called as a government in fact. We have seen almost every day someone is hacked to death in Kerala. The Kerala Government has to investigate and has to punish those people, who are responsible for this,” Patra said.
Two days after a CPM worker was killed, the BJP activist was hacked to death at a petrol pump near in Kannur district in Kerala. The victim suffered severe injuries on his head and neck.
Earlier, in a similar manner, a 52-year-old CPM worker was hacked to death in Kannur.
“The state government has not only failed to preserve law and order but actively participated to wreck it. We demand the LDF government and the chief minister to immediately hand over the murder probe to the CBI,” said BJP spokesperson GVL Narsimha Rao.
Police have deployed personnel in large numbers as the district remained tense in the wake of the political murders.