Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 8: BJP today lashed out at the LDF government over reports claiming that it was mulling banning RSS drill in shrines in Kerala and alleged that the step was aimed at using temple complexes for CPI(M) workers’ activities. BJP state president Kummanom Rajasekharan said the RSS conducts its ‘shakhas’ as per law and after getting due permission from authorities concerned. “Devaswom Minister who says that arms training should not be allowed in shrines also should reveal in which shrines arms training is being held. “The objective of the move is to make temple complexes a venue for CPI(M) party workers’ activities. It is part of an attempt of CPI(M) to silence all those who oppose the violent activities of communists,” he alleged.(ALSO READ: Kerala BJP chief was target of bomb attack: Nirmala Sitharaman)
The RSS conducts its shakhas as per law and after getting due permission and sanction from authorities concerned. “The law banning arms training is already there. We are not doing anything in violation of temple traditions and customs inside temple complexes,” the BJP leader said. He alleged that three CPI(M) workers were killed in an explosion when they were making bombs inside a temple at Thalassery in 2000. “Then who is making temples a storehouse of arms?” he asked. The friction between the Left parties and the RSS has intensified in the aftermath of the May Assembly polls, with both the sides accusing each other of unleashing political violence.
A crude bomb was hurled at a BJP office in the heart of the city on September 6 midnight. The incident occurred shortly after BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan had left the office for Kozhikode, where preparations are on for the three-day National Executive and Council meeting from September 23 which is being attended by senior party leaders and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A BJP worker was attacked allegedly by CPI(M) workers in Kannur district last night. Police also seized two bombs at Pallikunnu in the heart of Kannur, which has been witnessing sporadic clashes between CPI(M) and BJP workers since the assembly polls.