The situation in Kerala has escalated from the Ayyappa devotees protesting against the entry of women of menstruating age inside the Sabarimala shrine to break-out of political violence, allegedly inducing into a BJP, RSS versus CPM war.
Pertaining to the on-going violence, the leaders of the right-wing and left-wing parties in the state are indulging in blame-game, while houses continue to be ransacked, bombs being hurled and violence still brimming in the state.
BJP on January 5 in a news briefing alleged that the violence is "state-sponsored" with a political intention of vote bank appeasement and to divert the attention from the Sabarimala protests, where sentiments of thousands of devotees are hurt. BJP even blamed chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan of Kerala for deliberately inciting violence.
In the news brief, it was said, "This is a protest to uphold the traditions of Sabarimala temple and this is an issue of devotees and not the BJP. This is a concern for Hindus and devotees of Lord Ayyappa. The state government has decided to wreaking havoc, unleash violence which has led to a large number of devotees being hurt. One such devotee was even killed two days ago. All this has been done by the CPM goons with the full authority of state government. This is violence against RSS and BJP cadres but today they are not even sparing the devotees. This is state-sponsored violence being unleashed. One of our MPs, V Muraleedharan, a bomb was hurled at his ancestral home. This seems like a disturbed zone. Under the watch of the chief minister, state-sponsored violence is being unleashed."
"He wants to make this a CPM versus BJP fight, where BJP is at the receiving end of the mob violence unleashed by the cadres of the CPM and their supporting organisation. We strongly condemn this violence. We believe this violence is to divert the attention from the issue of Sabarimala protest and the Supreme Court is likely to hear this matter. The stealthy entry of two women with the complete support of the state government. I say this is a vote bank appeasement politics. We see the political agenda behind the actions. We want the CPM to stop this type of violence. We want to advice, warn and caution the Kerala government, otherwise, they will have to face consequences under the Constitution," the BJP spokesperson further stated.
Republic TV spoke to BJP leader from Kerala, V. Muraleedharan whose ancestoral home was attacked in Kannur district, he too resonated with the opinions of the party calling this
He said, "The chief minister of Kerala and the Communist Party is trying to divert the attention of the Sabarimala attention and turn it into a CPM versus BJP political fight. The violence incidence that's happening in Kerala past few days, including the attack on my ancesteral home in Kannur district yesterday at midnight. It is part of the conspiracy hatched by the chief minister and Marxist party. The chief minister had accused that the Sangha parivar is behind the agitation that is being happening on the issue of Sabarimala, this was a planned effort to put the blame on RSS and BJP on the one hand and attack the BJP leaders and their houses.
"From the CPM office stones were thrown at the Sabarimala devotees protesting against the two women devotees who entered Sabarimala. The death of one person happened because of that incidence, but the chief minister even before the post mortem report came out went to the press and declared the death happened due to a heart attack but the reports very clearly said that the death was due to the fatal injuries on his head," he added.