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Don’t be a mute spectator, Kerala BJP tells governor

The BJP’s Kerala president Kummanam Rajasekharan said it after visiting the house of an RSS leader who was stabbed allegedly by a group of CPI(M) workers.

india Updated: Dec 23, 2017 22:50 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
P Sathasivam,Kerala governor,RSS acitivists killed in Kerala
Kerala governor P Sathasivam at Parliament House in New Delhi on July 25.(Raj K Raj/HT File Photo)

The Kerala BJP on Saturday criticised governor P Sathasivam for not reining in the state government and turning a blind eye to violence in the state’s Kannur district.

“The governor can’t be a mute spectator like this,” the saffron party’s state president Kummanam Rajasekharan said after visiting the house of an RSS leader who was stabbed three days ago allegedly by a group of CPI(M) workers. “It is state-sponsored violence. Police and CPI(M) workers are targeting BJP-RSS activists in a brutal and systemic manner,” he said, adding that six BJP workers were hospitalised in the past week after attacks.

“Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had convened an all-party peace meeting a couple of months ago. But it is turning out to be a big farce. Party workers are attacked and killed systematically,” he further claimed, adding that the governor should intervene to end the mayhem.

“He (Sathasivam) can’t be a mute spectator like this. He should use power vested in him and advise the state government to take strict action against perpetrators,” Rajasekharan said.

He added if the situation continued like this, the party would ask the Centre to intervene.

P Praveen, an RSS Ponnyam mandal karyavh, was attacked by a gang when he was returning home from work on Tuesday. He suffered serious stab wounds and is undergoing treatment at the Medical College Hospital in Kozhikode. Similarly, five workers were injured in another attack in Sivapuram in the district.

CPI(M) and RSS, the two cadre-based organisations, have been engaged in a bloody battle in Kannur and their tussle has claimed more than 200 lives in the past three decades.

First Published: Dec 23, 2017 22:50 IST