Kodiyeri Balakrishnan courts controversy for remarks on Army

CPI(M) Kerala secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has stoked a controversy alleging that women belonging to minority communities were subjected to atrocities by army personnel in states where the AFSPA was implemented.

Reacting sharply, NDA vice-chairman and MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar insisted on an apology from the CPI(M) leader and threatened to explore legal action, while the state BJP demanded criminal proceedings against Balakrishnan for ‘insulting’ the Army.

“The AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir, and Nagaland to check terrorism. Women, belonging to minority communities, were subjected to atrocities in these states by the Army,” Balakrishnan alleged at a seminar on protection of minorities.

“This is what will happen if the Act is implemented in Kannur as demanded by the BJP, RSS. So, all concerned persons should come forward to oppose the BJP’s demand to impose the same here,” he said.

Balakrishnan made the statement against the background of the BJP and the RSS’s demand for imposing AFSPA in politically sensitive Kannur after an RSS worker was hacked to death here, allegedly by the ruling CPI(M) activists earlier this month.

Condemning the CPI(M) leader’s remarks, Chandrasekhar said, “Kodiyeri Balakrishnan’s statement breaks every limit of tolerance even by the standards of CPM’s track record of violence, intimidation and contempt for democratic values”.

“I will explore every possible action under law and the Constitution to bring this so-called leader to book and make him apologise,” he said in a release in Thiruvananthapuram.

(Agencies)

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