THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CPM leader Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday alleged an unholy tie-up in the making between the Congress and the BJP for the upcoming Assembly elections.
He was speaking after inaugurating a seminar organised by Janasabha, a group of fringe Hindu community leaders, here. The seminar ‘Hindu Community - Secular concept’ was held as part of the Hindu Parliament by Janasabha. “I can understand the compulsion of BMS in withdrawing from a joint strike by trade unions against the BJP government. But the state unit of INTUC has also backed off. This shows the understanding between the Congress and BJP,” he said. According to him the tie-up was for gaining four Assembly seats by the BJP. But the people would realise the motive for temporary electoral gains, said Vijayan. The former state secretary of CPM explained why he attended the seminar. “Vellappally was part of this group but wanted to change its secular character by striking a deal with the BJP without consulting other Janasabha leaders,” he said. Pinarayi was critical of the functioning of RSS. “The RSS wanted to destroy the gains of renaissance in the state. It has turned temples into space for storing weapons. It is against reservation policies,” he said.
K Somaprasad Files Nomination
T’Puram: LDF candidate K Somaprasad of the CPM filed his nomination for the Rajya Sabha seat on Thursday. Somaprasad, also a state leader of the Pattikajathi Kshema Samithi, filed nomination before Kerala Legislature Secretary P D Sarangadharan in the afternoon. Two sets of nominations were filed for Somaprasad, including one proposed by Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan and backed by other LDF leaders.