CPM fears BJP’s rising popularity: Smriti Irani

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday said the CPM’s murder politics against the BJP was due to the latter’s growing popularity among the people of the state. 

Published: 15th October 2017 01:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th October 2017 08:04 AM   |  A+A-

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani during the padayatra at Elanthoor in Pathanamthitta on Saturday | SHAJI VETTIPURAM

By Express News Service

PATHANAMTHITTA  : Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday said the CPM’s murder politics against the BJP was due to the latter’s growing popularity among the people of the state. Inaugurating the ‘Jana Raksha Yatra’ led by BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan at Elanthoor Junction near here, the minister said the BJP was ready to face the murder politics of the CPM through democratic means and under the principles of the Constitution.

As part of the programme, the BJP had launched campaigns against the CPM by organising protest marches to the party headquarters in New Delhi and the party state offices to draw the attention of the common people on the bloodshed and other violent activities unleashed against the BJP and Sangh Parivar outfits, Irani said. 

The other objective of the countrywide campaign was to ensure the whole-hearted support to the BJP state leadership and workers to give them the message that the whole country would be behind the efforts to resist the CPM atrocities, the Union Minister said.The murder of 283 BJP and Sangh Parivar volunteers in the state, including 84  in the home district of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, showed CPM’s intolerance towards its political opponents, Irani said.  

By resorting to murder politics, the CPM had violated basic principles of democracy and the Constitution, she said.Kummanam Rajasekharan, Union Tourism Minister Alphons Kannanthanam, BJP state spokesman Padmakumar, former party state presidents P K Krishnadas, V Muralidharan, state general secretaries M T Ramesh and A N Radhakrishnan and district president Ashokan Kulanada were present at the function.

Irani takes part in ‘padayatra’ 
Union Minister Smriti Irani participated in the ‘padayatra’  taken out from Elanthoor to the Central Stadium at the district headquarters here. Apart from ‘padayatra’ captain Kummanam Rajasekharan, Alphons Kannanthanam, P K Krishnadas,V Muralidharan, M T Ramesh, Radhakrishnan, party spokesman Padmakumar and district president Ashokan Kulanada joined the ‘yatra’ from Elanthoor to the district headquarters here.

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