Cong, CPM war of words hots up in Kannur

via Daily Pioneer published on December 16, 2006

Adding fuel to fire after Thalassery and Panoor areas got charged up on the acquittal of the accused in the Jayakrishanan murder case, Congress leader K Sudhakaran’s threat that the UDF Government, once it comes back to power, would remove the Kayyur memorial erected in front of the central jail, has created a furore in the district.


CPI(M) central committee member EP Jayarajan retorted by challenging that if anybody attempted such a move, the CPI(M) cadre would ‘hack his hands’. It’s an open threat from a respected senior leader of a national political party of the country, which is in power in the State.


The war of words between the Congress and CPI(M) leaders has led to an increase in fear psychosis of the already terrified people of the district as Jayarajan has made this statement in front of the Kannur central jail after giving a rousing reception to the acquitted party cadre in the brutal assassination case of Jayakrishnan.


This statement from a senior leader of the CPI(M) is enough proof that the party which is leading the Left coalition in the State, is not serious in its approach towards administration and governance. The indications are clear that if untoward incidents happen in the district, the police would be silent as the leader of the political party which controls home portfolio is making such wild threats.


The CPI(M) has also organised a reception for the acquitted party comrades at Mokeri village where the BJP leader was lynched to death in the presence of other students in a class room. Such open display of comradeship by the party which is ruling the State and whose leader is the State Home Minister can be described as nothing less than blatant violation of the rules.


Senior district-level leaders of the Congress after a closed-door meeting on the issue told The Pioneer, “The statement of Jayarajan reflects the actual state of mind of the CPI(M) leaders. In other parts of the State, they behave as a suave and accepted face, but our experience proves that they will never change and these leaders from Kannur know only the language of street fighters”.


The body language and style of the CPI(M) leaders and cadre remind one of the old days when Thalassery and Panoor areas were in the grip of fear of imminent violence. There were violent days with challenges and counter challenges and the local people are apprehending violence again.


It may be recalled that almost all violent incidents and killings of Kannur district were the fallout of small and trivial issues which could easily have been settled if proper dialogues were initiated between the leaders of the affected parties.


A senior district level leader of the CPI(M) while talking to The Pioneer on condition of anonymity said, “The CPI(M) leadership also wants to put an end to the violence but the situation is such that the party cannot control our cadre. It is a fact that there are leaders in our party who are promoting violence”.

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