Kerala PCC chief K Sudhakaran on Wednesday courted controversy by saying that when he was part of the Congress (organisation) decades ago, he had sent his men to “give security” to RSS shakhas and the right-wing outfit also had all the facilities. have rights. work in a democratic country.
Speaking at a function in Kannur district, the leader said that the CPI(M) had tried to destroy shakhas when it was launched in places like Edakkad, Thottada and Kizhunna and he had tried to save it from destruction. Sent to people by leftist activists.
“When I was part of the Congress (organisation), there was a time when the CPI(M) tried to destroy the RSS shakhas started in places like Edakkad, Thottada and Kizhunna. Could have.” I was the person who sent people to give security to the shakhas at these places,” he said.
The Congress (organisation) came into existence in 1969 after the split of the Congress Party. Later the Congress (O) merged with the Janata Party.
However, Sudhakaran clarified that he did not do so because of any affiliation towards right-wing organizations and its offshoots, but to feel that it is not proper for a democratic believer to remain silent when democratic rights are being destroyed. Are you going The place where fundamental rights were prevalent.
The KPCC chief, known for his fight against the Marxist party in Kannur, a CPI(M) bastion, also said that freedom of expression and political freedom is the birthright of every individual and should be protected.
While the statements created controversy, Sudhakaran later came up with a clarification saying that his act was to protect democracy and all parties have a right to function in the country.
“Does the RSS have no right to function? Is it a banned organisation? What is wrong with my statement? I was away from the Congress party at that time and was part of the Congress (organisation). As per policy, that party at that time He was close to BJP in Indian politics.
The KPCC chief also said that his act was an attempt to counter the anti-democratic actions of the Marxist party.
Meanwhile, the ruling CPI(M) said Sudhakaran’s statement was not surprising and the Congress and the RSS have been working closely in the politically volatile district since 1969.
When asked for his reaction to the controversy, the party’s state secretary MV Govindan said that Sudhakaran’s stand was that he would join the BJP if he felt it was his democratic right.
He said that Congress should take the statement seriously and people are watching all these things.
Govindan also accused the BJP of adopting a “soft Hindutva” stance, as well as the Congress, which takes an “extreme Hindutva” stance.