Hyderabad: Slamming BJP and new Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Sunday that the saffron party's leader was earlier accused of inciting communal tensions. "He has always been the symbol of communal violence, riots, intolerance and hatred," Pinarayi said at a public rally in Hyderabad.
"One cannot forget the fact that he has gone to the extreme of comparing Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan with Jamaat-ud-Dawa leader Hafiz Saeed. He also tarnished the image of socio-cultural leaders ranging from Aamir Khan to Mother Teresa and also asked those reluctant to do 'suryanamaskar' to go to Pakistan," Pinarayi said.
The Kerala CM said that at a time when the Ayodhya Ram temple issue was relegated to the background of Indian politics, Adityanath triggered a venomous communal campaign to bring it to the center of BJP agenda.
"By making a person having criminal background the chief minister of the largest state, the message the BJP sends to the nation is that they will continue to try to capture power by resorting to communal riots," the chief minister said.
He said only a party with sheer contempt for secularism and democracy can elevate such person as the chief minister.
Speaking at the event, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechuri said that by making Yogi Adityanath the CM of Uttar Pradesh, the BJP and its ideological parent the RSS have sent out a clear message that "they want to transform India into a Hindu Rashtra".
It is also a clear message by the BJP and the RSS that the backward classes, minorities and other oppressed sections of society "will have to accept upper caste leadership", the CPM leader said.
He also accused Yogi Adityanath of always speaking against the Muslim and the dalits.