CPI(M)’s intolerance a topic for debate: BJP

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State unit president P.S. Sreedharan Pillai has said that the Communist Party of India (Marxist)’s [CPI(M)] attitude of intolerance towards its political rivals should be a topic of debate in a democratic system.

Inaugurating the K.G. Marar memorial meeting at the BJP district headquarters here on Thursday, Mr. Pillai said the CPI(M) had never approved rival parties. The CPI(M) wanted to annihilate its rivals, he said.

Predicting that the CPI(M) would lose its national status after the announcement of the election results, he said that leaders of the party should be held responsible for that. The reason for the present plight of the CP(M) was its stand against national sentiments, he said.

Observing that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was worried about election prospects, Mr. Pillai said that his allegedly ‘rude’ behaviour towards the media was possibly because of the intelligence reports that the election fortunes would not be in favour of the CPI(M). He also said the biggest challenge facing the nation today was the duplicity of the Congress.

Exuding the hope that there would be a positive change in the State after the announcement of the election results, the BJP leader said that his party’s vote share would double and that the party would win seats. “The act of the State government against the devotees of Ayyappa will certainly reflect in the election results this time,” he said.


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