Congress leadership speaking language of RSS, says Kodiyeri

LDF not opposed to any faith, says CPI(M) State secretary

Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said that the Congress leadership in the State is speaking the language of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Mr. Balakrishnan said here on Tuesday that Shashi Tharoor, MP, wanted Ram temple to be built in Ayodhya and his opinion on the Kashmir issue and the common civil code was in line with the RSS. Mr. Tharoor also believed that secularism was not suitable for India, he said.

“A.K. Antony should make it clear that whether Mr. Tharoor’s opinion is that of the Congress,” Mr. Balakrishnan said. He also said that the Congress leadership remained silent when Mr. Tharoor scolded Congress leader K. Muraleedharan who had challenged the Thiruvananthapuram MP’s observations.

Indian Union Muslim League leader P.K. Kunhalikutty had nothing to say when a UDF leader said that the Kerala State Wakf Board and orphanages needed no government assistance, hes said.

The Congress leaders also refused to rise in Parliament to oppose the Bills sponsored by the RSS, Mr. Balakrishnan said adding that the stance of IUML leaders was no different.

He said when the LDF opposed the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, the Congress MPs were in its favour. The UDF also supported the the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, he said.

He clarified that the Left was not opposed to any faith. “Those who went to the shrine and those who don’t can work in the LDF.

Lok Sabha polls

During the Lok Sabha elections, the political parties campaigned that the CPI(M) was trying to alienate believers from the Left. The party had never opposed worship, he said.

The first E.M.S. Namboothiripad ministry had given permission to all sections of believers to build their places of worship. While the UDF spent only ₹ 200 crore in the last five years in Sabarimala, the LDF government has spent ₹1,200 crore in over three years there, he noted.

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