Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah should explain his hate comment about Kerala that he made at a recent poll rally in Karnataka.
On Saturday, the Hindutva politician had said at a rally in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district that only his party could keep the state safe.
“There is Kerala near you [Karnataka]. I don’t want to say much. If you want to keep Karnataka safe, only BJP can do this. Only a BJP govt in Karnataka, under the leadership of PM Modi, can do this,” Amit Shah had said, according to ANI. Shah’s speech was an indirect reference to the crackdown on several leaders of Muslim outfit Popular Front of India (PFI), which was banned last year.
Pinarayi Vijayan said on Sunday that Kerala is an oasis of peace and secularism, and that the Sangh Parivar’s agenda has found little traction in the southern state.
“In Kerala, there is no Sree Rama Sena, who ransacked a 150-year-old church during the 2021 Christmas season in Mangaluru. That must be perturbing for the BJP,” CPI(M) senior leader Vijayan said.
“Christians and other minorities have faced many such attacks from Sangh Parivar. But is this the situation in Kerala? No one faces any issues in Kerala because of their faith,” he added.
“If one more chance is given to BJP, it will be catastrophic for this country,” he said.
Vijayan also said the regional parties have come together to fight the Sangh Parivar. He was addressing a party programme near Kottayam.
The Chief Minister also counters Prime Minister’s remark that Congress and CPI(M) are in cahoots in Tripura.