CPI(M) in Kerala, on Sunday, described as “uncivilised” the alleged action of Madhya Pradesh government, its police and RSS in preventing Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan from attending a function in Bhopal on Saturday. The action of Madhya Pradesh government and police in preventing Vijayan from attending the function was “uncivilised” and also a violation of federal principles and constitution, State CPI(M) secretariat said in a statement in Thiruvananthapuram, on Sunday.
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The party alleged that the incident happened with the knowledge of the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and BJP’s national leadership. Vijayan was supposed to attend a felicitation programme by Kerala Samaj on Saturday.. However, when he was about to leave to attend it, Madhya Pradesh Police told him not to go there as RSS and other organisations were protesting against it.
The party Politburo also said the incident was a “telling commentary” on the condition of law and order machinery in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh which cannot protect a Chief Minister of another state in its own capital. “The Politburo strongly condemns the anti-democratic action of the police and state administration … This incident shows how the state government acts at the diktat of the RSS,” the party said in the statement.
The police should have arrested and removed the nearly 250 RSS protesters who were in front of the venue and instead of that, they denied permission for a Chief Minister of state to meet the people of his home state, the party said. The police, however, denied the allegations by CPI(M) and said, no question arises of not providing security to the Kerala Chief Minister.
The party also called for organising demonstrations in the state to protest against the action of RSS and Madhya Pradesh government. The ruling CPI-M led LDF Convener Vaikom Viswam condemned the incident and said preventing the freedom of travelling of a state Chief Minister cannot be allowed.
Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee President V M Sudheeran also condemned the Madhya Pradesh police action of denying permission for Vijayan to attend the function.