Thiruvananthapuram: Congress in Kerala on Wednesday
slammed Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan for blaming the
ruling UDF for growth of communalism in the state, saying this
was part of a tactical move by CPI-M to use the "communal
card" in the coming assembly polls.
Reacting to Achuthanandan`s accusation yesterday that
Congress was appeasing Muslim and Christian communal elements,
Kerala PCC president Ramesh Chennithala said this was an
ill-motivated allegation fraught with dangerous consequences.
Joining issue, senior leader and Union Minister Vayalar
Ravi said Achuthanandan`s statement was part of CPI-M`s effort
to whip up sentiments of people of majority community to
garner votes in the assembly polls.
"Achuthanandan`s statement appeared to be part of the
national policy of the CPI-M to play the majority communal
card against the Congress", Chennithala told reporters.
As a party which always stood firmly for secularism, the
Congress did not need Achuthanandan`s "certificate" for its
credentials, he said.
This sort of a statement from a person who occupies the
Chief Minister`s post would only mar social harmony for which
Kerala was reputed, Chennithala said.
BJP state president V Muraleedharan dubbed
Achuthanandan`s statement as part of "vote bank politics".
Talking to reporters at Palakkad, he said both the
Congress-led UDF and CPI(M)-controlled LDF had exploited
communal sentiments for gaining power in the state.
"It was the CPI (M) which first brought fundamentalist
elements to the poll arena through its experiment of fielding
an independent candidate at Ponnani with the support of
PDP-led by Abdul Nasser Madani," he said.