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Lok Sabha elections: Left rattled by allegations of CPI(M) leader's plans to join BJP; Pinarayi warns partymen

Apr 26, 2024 06:13 PM IST

Kerala Chief minister's statement came a day after a BJP leader fired a salvo by revealing an alleged bid made to take Jayarajan into the saffron party's fold.

Kannur/Alappuzha: The accusations levelled by political opponents about senior CPI(M) leader E P Jayarajan's alleged plans to join the Bharatiya Janata Party continued to trigger shock waves in the ruling Left in Kerala on Friday, the day of Lok Sabha elections, with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan cautioning his party colleague to be vigilant in his associations.

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan casts his vote for the Lok Sabha elections 2024, at polling station number 161 in Kannur on Friday.(ANI)
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan casts his vote for the Lok Sabha elections 2024, at polling station number 161 in Kannur on Friday.(ANI)

"If Lord Shiva joins a sinner, Shiva will also become a sinner," Vijayan said using a vernacular saying indirectly cautioning Jayarajan, who is also the convenor of the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF).

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The chief minister's statement came a day after BJP's firebrand leader Sobha Surendran fired a salvo at CPI(M) by revealing the alleged bid made to take Jayarajan into the saffron party's fold.

Two days ago Shobha had alleged that a middleman had tried to help a top CPI(M) leader who wanted to join the BJP and on Thursday, she claimed that the leader was E P Jayarajan.

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While talking to reporters in Kannur, the CM said there are certain people in our country who wake up every day thinking about whom to cheat.

Without naming T G Nandakumar, who had allegedly played the role of a middleman between the BJP and Jayarajan, he further said any friendship or acquaintance with such people should be generally avoided.

Vijayan said the experience was that Jayarajan, who always maintained a good relationship with everyone, was usually not vigilant in such matters.

That's how a person who has the most dubious background in the state came as a witness to all these developments, he said without directly mentioning about Nandakumar who is known as "Dallal" in state political circles.

The Left veteran said he clearly knows the connection of the particular person with the Lavlin case, which he has been fighting for years at the Supreme Court.

Friendship or even an acquaintance with such people was unacceptable, he added.

Meeting with Prakash Javadekar

Responding to media reports that Jayarajan had admitted to meeting BJP leader Prakash Javadekar, Vijayan said there was nothing wrong with such meetings.

He said even he himself had talked to Javadekar recently ahead of Lok Sabha polls.

Hailing Jayarajan's decades-long political journey, the CM said he faced several turbulences in his life as a Communist leader that have been an encouragement to all Left workers.

The ongoing row was a political attack targeting not only Jayarajan but also the CPI(M) and LDF, he said.

Vijayan also expressed hope that the people of the state won't believe such propaganda.

Replying to a question about the alleged meeting of Jayarajan with Javadekar, CPI(M) state secretary M V Govindan said people can meet anyone.

These are just means to attack the Left and a 'political conspiracy' against the Marxist party, he told reporters in Kannur.

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"As politicians, we meet numerous people. Recently, I met M M Hassan and BJP leader Krishnadas. We were there for a television debate. We have a friendship, but we have strong political differences. It's not the personal relationship but the politics that matter," he said.

To a query about the power broker, Govindan said he never reacted to the statements of the middleman as they were not needed.

Meanwhile, KPCC Chief K Sudhakaran continued to criticise Jayarajan and CPI(M) over the matter and asked if a person would go and visit anyone without any relation.

"I don't care whether Jayarajan goes to the BJP or not. We are not worried about his political future. There was some sort of conspiracy inside that party to corner Jayarajan. That's why he was staying away," Sudhakaran added.

Asked about the chief minister's statements regarding the row, senior BJP leader and NDA candidate Shobha Surendran alleged that it was Vijayan who always maintained relationships with people with dubious backgrounds.

She also accused Vijayan of causing the 'degradation' of the Communist party in the state.

Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, V D Satheesan, questioned Vijayan's statement that there was nothing wrong in the meeting between Jayarajan and Javadekar.

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"That means, Jayarajan had visited Javadekar with the permission of the chief minister. What did the LDF Convenor have to talk to the BJP state in-charge?" Satheesan asked while talking to media in Paravur.

Noting that the CM admitted that he himself had met Javadekar several times, the LoP sought to know for what reason he had met the BJP leader who is not a union minister now.

"Even before the election, the UDF has talked about the BJP-CPI(M) nexus. The events that have taken place now underlines the words of the opposition," he said.

Senior Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala also shared similar views and wondered whether Jayarajan, once a close confidant of CM Vijayan, would hold discussions with Javadekar without his knowledge.

"Jayarajan is acting like a bridge between the BJP and the CPI(M). We have been talking about the secret understanding between the two parties since the beginning. The present developments are a proof for that," he said.

However, CPI(M) leader and PWD Minister P A Mohammed Riyas said Left leaders and workers are those who keep anti-BJP spirit till their last breath.

CPI state secretary Binoy Viswam stressed the need for the Left leaders to keep themselves away from suspicious persons and associations.

KPCC chief K Sudhakaran and ruling LDF Convenor E P Jayarajan on Thursday accused each other of planning to join the BJP.

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