Kerala BJP president Kummanam Rajasekharan on Sunday asked Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala not to be unduly worried of violence in other states.
He was reacting to the letters written by Vijayan to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and by Chennithala to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh after violent protests broke out in Haryana, Punjab and Delhi following the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape and sexual exploitation case by a special CBI court.
"Really do not understand why Vijayan is shedding crocodile tears over what happened in those states, when he should be answerable to the political killings that have taken place in his home town. What happened in North India was the violent reaction by the followers of Singh and the security forces used force to curb the excess done, but in Vijayan's place, people who voted against his party are being targeted and those who do it are not taken to task," said Rajasekharan in a Facebook post.
"What Chennithala forgot is when the Congress ruled the country, lakhs were killed on account of violence all over the country. What Chennithala has conveniently ignored is that it was during the Congress rule that the Dera Sacha Sauda chief was given high security cover. The Congress is solely responsible for promoting such fake godmen. The killing of Sikhs also happened during the Congress regime," he said.
He also pointed out that whatever happened in those states was contained in a matter of 24 hours and that shows how the BJP deals with issues.
Meanwhile, former BJP MP Tarun Vijay on Sunday alleged that Kerala has turned "brutal" under Vijayan.
"Under Pinarayi, Kerala has turned brutal to differing Malayalees, who are non-yielding and non-conformists. It is a sin to differ with the ruling elite in Kerala," Vijay said in a statement.
He said that Haryana is a "safe haven" for people from all states and countries and is "heralding a new era of industrial progress", while Kerala has failed to attract "any investment and people" from other states.
Vijay said that Vijayan, who showed "fake concern" on the safety of Keralites in Haryana, must answer if he has been able to safeguard lives and dignity of citizens in Kerala, noting 14 RSS workers have been killed in 13 months, four of them Dalits.
On Friday, Vijayan had written to Modi that he was receiving calls from Malayalis from the affected areas in Haryana and Punjab who were in fear for their life and property in the face of violence unleashed by Dera Sacha Sauda followers after the conviction of Dera head.
"May I request you to take immediate and necessary action to ensure that the life and property of all our citizens are protected without fail," he had said in the letter.