Junior home minister Kiren Rijiju praised on Friday RSS and BJP workers from Kerala for choosing “democratic ways” to counter alleged violence by communist cadres.
“…Because we live in a democratic system, the only way to change is through democratic process. Otherwise, I could feel that if our people, or the group that I belong to-- we follow a particular political ideology-- if we did not believe in democratic values, the case is so serious that in other cases we have seen they have taken (up) arms; because there is no way out,” he said.
The minister was speaking at a conference ‘Redrocity’ organised by the RSS to highlight the alleged growing violence perpetrated by communist cadres in the southern state. The event is one of the many that the BJPwill organise in the coming months to take its fight against the communist ideology forward.
Rijiju dubbed this attempt of the RSS to fight and highlight the “Left-supported violence” as a service to the nation and an attempt to redeem the “image and pride of Kerala”.
Attacking the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Government (LDF) government in Kerala for its alleged tacit support to the cadres, the minister said it was “widely believed that such activities (violence) get state protection”.
He hit out at the Left government and said Kerala, despite being a developed state with highest literacy and access to human rights, was witnessing a “trend of political fundamentalism taking shape”.
On the issue of youth getting attracted to radical groups, such as the IS, he said it needs to be investigated what ideological reasons led to “this fertile ground being created” as this is not an offshoot of economic reasons.
Rijiju also took potshots at the media for not highlighting the “violence that is eating into Kerala’s pride”.
Taking a swipe at the “intolerance” charge levelled against the Narendra Modi government, he said despite facing the “maximum abusive language” the government has not taken action against anyone.
“When we were in the opposition, the first statement from the then UPA government, an official statement came that we will not allow any governor appointed by the NDA or is associated with a particular ideology. So they removed all the governors who had come association with the ideology that I belong to,” he said.
He added writers of articles in “derogatory manner about their leader” were “summoned, admonished, tortured or dealt with in any other methods”, but in the last two years, despite the government and PM himself facing “maximum abusive language on social media” there has been no such action.
“…Such is the ideals of our party, yet there was a generation of this unrealistic debate about this word intolerance,” the minister said.