BJP charges Kodiyeri Balakrishnan with making anti national remarks

The BJP in Kerala on Wednesday accused CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan of making 'anti-national' remarks against India's critical air strikes in Pakistan 's terrorist camps and demanded the immediate cancellation of the Left party's recognition.

While speaking in a party function in Idukki on Tuesday, Balakrishnan had allegedly said the IAF strike in Pakistan was to create a war-like situation before the announcement of the Lok Sabha polls and to sabotage the election.

As the polls were round the corner, the BJP, foreseeing defeat, was trying to create communal polarisation and create hatred against Muslims, he had reportedly alleged.

BJP state chief P.S Sreedharan Pillai said Balakrishnan had made the remarks while global nations and other states in the country had showered praise on the IAF for its critical move.

He also demanded that the CPI(M) leader withdraw his statement and tender an apology at the earliest and said the saffron party would launch state-wide protests against the alleged remarks.

"While CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechuri extended all support to the forces at the all-party meeting, the Left party's state chief took an anti-national stand.

Do not demoralise our force for the sake of ensuring the support of minorities," Pillai said, alleging that the CPI(M) had adopted a similar anti-national stand during the time of the freedom struggle.

"So the CPI(M)'s recognition should be cancelled," the BJP leader said.

(Agencies)