Extremism: LDF can’t shirk responsibility, says Chennithala

Thiruvananthapuram: The CPI(M)-led ruling Left Democratic Front could not shirk responsibility for the growth of terrorism in Kerala, Kerala PCC president Ramesh Chennithala said today.

"The state government and the CPI-M cannot escape from its responsibility for the growth of extremism by blaming the previous UDF government," Chennithala said.

The 'soft approach' of CPI-M towards extremist oufits for getting their votes had created a congenial atmosphere for such organisations in the state, he alleged in a statement here

CPI-M had allied with organisations like PDP, Jamaat-e- Islami and Popular Front in past elections, he charged.

The LDF government had not taken strong steps in the last four years of its rule despite Intelligence reports about the presence of extremist movements in the state which led to the present state of affairs, Chennithala said.

New intelligence reports suggested that there were persons within the state police force who lent a helping hand to extremists, he alleged.

The state Home department had been ignoring the warnings of the Intelligence wing, and state Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan had earlier opposed central agencies like NIA 'meddling' with affairs of the state.

Claiming that the Congress and the UDF had never allied with extremist organisations, he said in future also the Front would follow the same policy.

Chennithala offered all support to the government if it took strong steps to combat extremism.