Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State general secretary K. Surendran has said the Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan calling the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) communal is a political gimmick with an eye on the Neyyattinkara by-election.

Addressing presspersons here on Saturday, the BJP leader said it was the CPI(M) which had given berth to the IUML in government in the 1960s. Again, it was the CPI(M) which had accepted the IUML demand for Malappuram district while in power.

“The CPI(M) had accepted the unjust demands of the IUML and helped them taste political power in the State. Now they are accusing the League of being communal. This is a political stunt to get the votes of the majority community in Neyyattinkara,” Mr. Surendran has said.

He said that in the ice-cream parlour sex scandal case, a section of the CPI(M) and its government had helped IUML leader P.K. Kunhalikutty to escape from the case. In the case of the Marad riots, both the IUML and CPI(M) gave identical affidavits before the Marad judicial commission that there was no need for an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation. This shows the unholy alliance between the IUML and the CPI(M) in the State.

He said that in the scams involving hundreds of crores of rupees in the public sector Malabar Cements Limited, the previous Left Democratic Front (LDF) government had not taken any action against Mr. Kunhalikutty in whose tenure these irregularities had taken place.

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