Violence not a political instrument: CPM to RSS

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New Delhi, Mar 12: The CPI(M) today asked the RSS leadership not to use physical violence as a ''political instrument'' and renewed its invitation to the Sangh for talks to end violence in Kannur and other parts of the country.

''We have time and again invited the RSS leadership for negotiations but it has chosen to boycott our invitation and resorted to a country wide physical attack on our offices and cadres. After their attack on our headqaurters here, they have attacked our offices in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Dehradun and Pune,'' CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury told newspersons.

The CPI(M) leader said as may as twelve party cadres had lost their lives in the violence unleashed against them by the RSS in Kerala during the last one year or so.

Mr Yechury, accompnaied by party Floor Leader in the Lok Sabha Basudeb Acahria, said the RSS had taken to violence against the CPI(M) as it had so far failed to register its entry in the Kerala Assembly.'' Out of desperation now the RSS is trying to establish its presence after the attendance in its 'shakhas' had started declining all over the country.

Giving details the CPI(M) leader said, the RSS had made as many as 39 cases of violence agains the Left cadres during the last one year in Kerala as the state is the citadel of the Left, which had sent as many as 19 MPs to the Lok Sabha.

To a query on the High Court's suggestion to the Kerala Government to ask for more central forces, Mr Yechury said it is for the state government to respond.

He denied that the state government had failed in its duty to maintain law and order, and said it was not the first time that such incidents had taken place.

''It is not true that only during the Left Democratic Front rule in the last one and half year in Kerala, these clashes have occurred.'' ''Kannur has its own history of such clashes and even during the Congress rule this happened.'' ''We hope that good sense will prevail upon the RSS leadership and it will come forward for talks to end the stalemate.'' he said.

On the ''non-cooperation'' agitation initiated by Airport Authority Employees Union, Mr Acharia deplored that the government instead of acceding to their genunine demand, had chosen to impose ESMA on them.

He said the employees and the general public had been resisting the government's decision to close the existing Hyderabad and Bangalore airports and opening up of Greenfield Airports in their place.

The CPI(M) also demanded the Centre to restore wheat and rice quota to West Begnal and Kerala saying 90 per cent of the population in the states depended on the foodgrains through the PDS system.

They regretted that the government had reduced as much as 50 per cent quota for wheat in West Bengal and 80 per cent quota for rice in Kerala.

''The government is trying to keep the Above Poverty Line( APL) out of the PDS,'' he alleged.


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