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Pinarayi trying to mollify BJP: Ravi

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Vayalar Ravi says Congress elections will be based on consensus.
Vayalar Ravi says Congress elections will be based on consensus.

Staff Reporter

MALAPPURAM: Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi has accused CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan of trying to appease Hindu fundamentalist forces.

Speaking to newspersons here on Tuesday, Mr. Ravi said the CPI(M) was desperately trying to come clean after closely associating with the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and the Jamaat-e-Islami. “The CPI(M) cannot easily disassociate itself from those organisations,” he said.

“Pinarayi Vijayan has started talking like the RSS and the BJP. He is trying to appease the BJP. But it won't pay any dividends in Kerala,” Mr. Ravi said.

He said the Congress would choose its delegates and representatives through consensus. Party members would get promotion as well. Consensus would be arrived at on the basis of groups. “But there will be no more group rivalry within the party.”

Re-entry of K. Muraleedharan in the Congress would not lead to group rivalries.

Mr. Ravi welcomed the statement of Youth Congress president Rahul Gandhi that 30 per cent of the seats in elections should be kept aside for the youth. “It will certainly give better opportunities to more youngsters.”

He disagreed with the statement of the Chief Election Commissioner about the voting rights for Non-Resident Indians.

Mr. Ravi said the government would not deny compensation to any victim of the recent Mangalore air crash who travelled on fake documents. “It doesn't matter how they travelled. The government is duty-bound to give them compensation.”

He said fake passports might create hurdles for getting compensations from their employers.

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