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You cannot wipe-out communists by pulling down statues: Kerala CM Pinarayi

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You cannot wipe-out communists by pulling down statues: Kerala CM Pinarayi Communists were committed to safeguarding democracy and secularism even by sacrificing their lives, Pinarayi said in a Facebook post.

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan Tuesday alleged that the violence unleashed against Left workers in Tripura was part of a 'conspiracy' at the national level to target communists.

The violence followed the BJP's victory in the recently-concluded assembly elections in the northeast state, where a 25-year-old Communist government was ousted.

Strongly condemning the attacks against Left workers, Pinarayi said the BJP-RSS should not think that communists would cease to exist 'just by pulling down four statues.'

"It is wishful thinking that they could wipe out communists from the country.. the violence is part of a conspiracy at the national level to target communists," he added.

Communists were committed to safeguarding democracy and secularism even by sacrificing their lives, Pinarayi said in a Facebook post.

A statue of Lenin was pulled down by some people with an excavator machine at Belonia in South Tripura district, Monday, with the CPM holding BJP workers responsible for it.

Condemning the violence, CPM Kerala state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan urged all democratic minded people to take part in demonstrations to be organised by the Left parties at various centres in the state on Wednesday, protesting the violence.

Kodiyeri alleged that the CPM and Left party offices and cadres were targeted by the RSS-BJP workers.

'200 houses of party workers attacked'

A total of 200 houses of party workers were attacked within one hour of the election results, he said.

Kodiyeri also alleged that the saffron party's victory was due to money power and tampering with electronic voting machines.

Condemning the attacks, CPI Kerala secretary Kannam Rajendran charged that the BJP won the polls by aligning with separatist forces in that state.

Rajendran alleged that the violence came against the backdrop of a BJP leader reportedly stating that prime minister Narendra Modi had taken a mission to wipe-out the communists in the country.

Union minister of state for home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said in New Delhi that the government condemns all kinds of violence but 'statues of foreign leaders are not required in India.'

Home minister Rajnath Singh has called up Tripura governor Tathagata Roy and DGP A K Shukla and asked them to ensure peace and check violence till a new government is installed in the state.

Read more: Latest Kerala news

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