Monday, July 31, 2017
Stop political killings in Kerala
First of all, the violence has no place in a democracy. Political rivalry must not be the cause of violence. In recent months, there have been violent attacks on BJP cadres in Kerala. Several RSS, the doting parent of BJP, cadres have allegedly been attacked by the ruling CPI(M) cadres. Law and order is a state subject. So, the CPI(M) govt. of Kerala must take stringent steps to stop political violence and killings in the state immediately. BJP is in an upward position in the state for the first time. It is trying to establish itself in the state of Kerala. As far as expansion of BJP is concerned, it has put everything into it. With the victory in one state after another, its morale is high. The CPI(M) is ruling in Kerala and if BJP raised its head in the state, the first casualty will be the left parties. Both Left and BJP are ideologically opposites to each other. Though every political party has right to expand its base in any corner of the country, it must be done through good means. There is also allegation against the RSS in Kerala that it is instrumental in promoting religious conversion in the state. No political party should adopt an unethical way to expand its base. The killing of anyone whether he or she is attached to a political party or not must be condemned. The killing of an RSS cadre allegedly by the CPI(M)cadres is condemnable. The CPI(M) govt. of Kerala must take action against all those who are involved in the killing of RSS worker in the state. There must not be state protection to the political killer only because he is attached to the ruling political party in the state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA govt. has rightly asked the Kerala govt. to send a report on the killing of an RSS cadre. We are a multi-party democracy. Every political party can establish its base in any state of the country. BJP is in power at the Centre. BJP President Amit Shah has always been on the move from one state to another to expand party’s base. BJP has rightly called for a statewide strike over the murder of a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker in Thiruvananthapuram’s Sreekaryam yesterday.The BJP has alleged Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI (M) workers behind it. However, the Police have started an investigation. This comes after the CPM and the BJP in Kerala declared war on each other on the night of July 27th, as both sides went on an attacking spree on each other’s party offices, resulting in major property damage. The clashes between the workers belonging to the two political outfits have erupted regularly in the past years, claiming an almost equal number of people from both sides.A number of violent incidents were reported between BJP and CPM workers on Thursday night in Thiruvananthapuram, including attacks on residences of cadres.On July 11, an RSS office at Payyannur in Kannur was attacked allegedly by CPI (M) workers. No one was inside the office at the time of the incident. However, the Trivandrum Police declared Section 79 of the Kerala Police Act in Thiruvananthapuram to prevent demonstrations, protest marches and meetings till July 30. The political party has every right to call a strike against the alleged vindictive approach of the ruling party. Centre must intervene and constitute investigation team to go into the incidents of violence and report to it in an unbiased way so that nation would know which political party was involved in espousing violence.