‘Ban on PFI, SDPI will have adverse impact on society’

CPM feels such organisations should be ostracised, not legally banned

Published: 11th July 2018 02:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th July 2018 03:26 AM   |  A+A-

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Imposing a ban on SDPI or PFI and its operations could have adverse impact on Kerala society, feels the CPM. Even as vociferous demands for banning the outfit are doing the rounds, the CPM is of the view that such organisations should be socially ostracised rather than legally banned.

Post-Abhimanyu murder, clamour for banning SDPI has gained ground. Though many in the Left front, including senior CPI leaders, have raised the demand for banning the outfit for allegedly promoting extremist activities, the CPM has kept mum on the same.

Citing the examples of the Sangh Parivar, CPI(ML) and Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), in addition to that of the Communist party itself, the CPM state leadership feels banning the outfit might not be a clever move at this juncture. Imposing a ban will only lead to the organisation gaining support among the masses or making a reappearance in other forms.

“The SIMI is banned in the country. But those activists who were once associated with this outfit are now active in other similar organisations. So what is the point in banning an outfit? Instead, we should socially isolate them. We should expose their real agenda of promoting extremist activities. That is what the CPM intends to do through wide campaigns,” said CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.

The CPM is all set to counter the operations of SDPI and other similar organisations in the society, and the effort is to ensure that these organisations do not establish a people-connect.

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