THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s sharp reaction to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s allegation that the state government was aiding anti-national forces was prompted by a sense of guilt, the BJP countered on Monday. Pinarayi had termed Bhagwat’s charge a ‘challenge thrown at Keralites.’
Pinarayi should launch strong measures against anti-national forces if he is so concerned about the safety and esteem of Keralites, BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan said in a statement. “Kerala transformed into a safe haven for anti-nationals due to the irresponsible attitude of administrators including you. We can understand your embarassment when a leader from outside the state draws attention to it,’’ Kummanam said.
Multiple examples can be listed for the Left and UDF helping anti-national forces for political gain in the state, he said. It was the Left Front which gifted Malappuram district to the Muslim League, a party which Jawaharlal Nehru dismissed as a ‘dead horse’ and which was responsible for the partition, he said. ‘’The policy of appeasement started then is being continued even in 2017,’’ he said.
Many of the terrorists slain in Kashmir were from Kerala, a state successively ruled by the UDF and LDF, he said, blaming the Chief Minister of inaction in tackling love jihad and organisations like Sathya Sarani. On Pinarayi’s charge that the RSS had turned its back on the Independence struggle, Rajasekharan said only a brief perusal of history would be required to gauge the RSS’s contributions. It was the Communist party which betrayed the Quit India struggle and insulted Mahatma Gandhi and Subhash Chandra Bose, he said.