NEW DELHI: The BJP accused the Left parties and the Congress to be hand in gloves for increasing attacks on its workers in Kerala which is going to polls next month. Terming the situation as critical, BJP delegation will visit chief election commissioner demanding free and fair polls in the state.
BJP will declare list of its candidates for the state on Wednesday.
BJP fielded central minister Smriti Irani and Rajiv Pratap Rudy, to demand action against the Congress-led government. Senior RSS leaders also condemned attack on the BJP workers and former state president.
"Violence is being used as a political tool to suppress our voice," Irani said addressing a press conference here. She alleged that Left workers were carrying out attacks while Congress was strategically supporting it. Irani said BJP’s senior state leader Muraleedharan along with 29 other workers were injured in an attack in the state.
"Situation is very critical. We do not expect a free and fair election in Kerala," Rudy said, adding that a party delegation will soon meet the Commission to press for strong measures to be taken in the state.
Both Irani and Rudy spoke to Muraleedharan whiel inquring about the incident and also assuring all moral support of the party’s leadership.
Delegation to election commission will be led by health minister JP Nadda, whom BJP had made as incharge of party’s election campaign in Kerala. Rudy is assisting Nadda as co-incharge.
Both ministers listed several cases in the state where its workers were being hacked to death. On March 8, RSS worker E K Biju was hacked to death, Rudy said, adding that hundreds of party workers over the years have been killed in Kannur.
The BJP-led alliance in the state had created concern among the two bigger parties, he said, and "emerging signs of its great victory" have compelled them to target saffron workers.
Irani said it was not only the male workers but even female and girls were bing targeted for supporting BJP. A Dalit girl student tried to commit suicide after being harassed by the Left workers, Irani said.
RSS condemned the attack on V Muraleedharan in Thiruvananthapuram by alleged Left supporters.
"I severely condemn the heinous act of murderous attack on V Muraleedharan and 26 BJP workers in Thiruvananthapuram by CPI(M) goons on Monday. It is clear that CPM is trying to spread the politics of violence to the different parts of Kerala. This is highly deplorable. I call upon all citizens who have faith in democracy and peace to come forward in unison to condemn this dastardly attack and fight out the red terror in the state," RSS joint general secretary Dattareya Hosabale said.
RSS spokesperson Manmohan Vaidya also said, "I strongly condemn the attack by CPI(M) workers on a peaceful protest march by BJP supporters in Kerala."
An RSS worker was recently hacked to death in Pappinesseri and a BJP worker escaped with serious injuries in Panur, both in Kannur district after they were attacked allegedly by CPM workers.