HOURS AFTER a crude explosive was thrown at the BJP office in Thiruvananthapuram, Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman Wednesday alleged that the party’s state president, Kummanam Rajasekharan, was the “real target” of the attack, while a section of BJP leaders warned the party leadership against falling into this “trap” laid by the CPM. They said the BJP national leadership should instead focus on the development agenda set by the Modi government.
Sitharaman said, “We suspect this was an attack on our (state unit) president.”
Calling it “shocking” that the attacks are continuing even after a BJP delegation met President Pranab Mukherjee on this, she accused the Pinarayi Vijayan government of supporting violent attacks on Sangh activists and “protecting” CPM cadres allegedly involved.
For a section of BJP leaders, however, focusing on political violence in the state ahead of the National Council meeting to be held in Kozhikode from September 23 would not be a good idea for the BJP national leadership, as this will hijack the strategy of highlighting the Centre’s welfare measures for the poor. Referring to Tuesday night’s incident, a BJP leader said: “Political violence between BJP (and RSS) and CPM, especially in districts such as Kannur, is not new. But the CPM is trying to turn our attention to this issue with such incidents. The CPM does not want the National Council meeting to highlight the achievements of the NDA government. Instead, it likes the focus to be on violence.”