'BJP Is Trying To Polarise Communities Through War Mongering,' Says CPM Leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan

| February 27 , 2019 , 13:55 IST

A senior Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPM] leader, leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan stunned the nation by attributing motives at the Modi government.

Addressing a party rally hours after the air strikes at Idukki in Kerala on Tuesday, state CPM secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said, "The BJP government, which fears defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, is trying to polarise communities through war mongering."

Seeking to politicise the ‘Surgical Strikes 2.0’, Balakrishnan further said, "Instead of finding a solution to the insurgency in Kashmir, the BJP government is trying to make things worse by making the people of Kashmir enemies of the state."

Balakrishnan’s comments were closer to what Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan remarked. “The airstrike was conducted for domestic consumption in an election year,” the Pakistan PM had said on Tuesday.

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All other opposition leaders like Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah hailed the IAF strikes and the government’s preemptive action in destroying terror camps in the wake of the Pulwama attack by a suicide bomber of the JeM.

But Balakrishnan's remarks over the air strikes were in stark contrast to those of other politicians.