Thiruvananthapuram | Three top leaders of the Congress in Kerala today asserted that the party would fight unitedly against ‘communal fascism’ and ‘political fascism’ in the coming elections to local bodies in Kerala. The ‘Modi-Shah agenda’ to communalise Kerala will not succeed, the leaders of Kerala, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala and Pradesh Congress Committee president V M Sudheeran told newspersons here after a closed door meeting at the Indira Bhavan here.
The meeting assumed significance as the party wanted to give a message to the grassroot workers that the top leadership of the party was united and ready to face the coming elections to the Local bodies on November two and five.They also discussed the new political situation in Kerala where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah were trying to form a third alternative in tie-up with the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana(SNDP) Yogam, the social organisation of powerful Ezhava Community. ”Such experiments will not succeed in Kerala which always stood against communal forces,” the Chief Minister said.
When the Bharatiya Jan Sangh (BJS), predecessor party of BJP, joined hands with the CPI(M) in 1977 elections, the Congress had registered a historic win in Kerala. ”We will repeat Aruvikka,” he said, referring to the impressive win of the party in the recent by-elections to the Aruvikkara Assembly constituency.
Asked whether the BJP would also repeat their spirited Aruvikkara performance, Mr Chandy said their main opponent in the election was the Marxist-led Left Democratic Front. ”We will fight the election on the basis of our achievements and development projects initiated by us,” he added.
Mr Chennithala said the Congress would not take a soft approach towards the communal forces. ”We will unite all those who want to fight against communal forces.” He said the BJP’s agenda of dividing the people on communal line would not succeed in a state like Kerala which was known for communal harmony. ”Our fight will be against the communal fascism of the BJP and the political fascism of the CPI(M), Mr Sudheeran said, adding that the party leadership was fully prepared for the local bodies election next month.
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