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Governor should step down if he is scared of Pinarayi Vijayan: BJP

Governor should step down if he is scared of Pinarayi Vijayan: BJP

Thiruvananthapuram: BJP General Secretary Shobha Surendran on Sunday came down heavily on state Governor Justice (retd) P Sathasivam asking him if he was scared of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to take action in the murder case of RSS office bearer Biju in Kannur.

Surendran’s harp words came a day after a three-member BJP delegation met the Governor at Raj Bhavan here and submitted a petition, seeking action on the killing of Biju.

Following the meeting, the Governor had asked the Chief Minister to take immediate action to end violence and murders in the politically volatile Kannur district.

Being ‘upset’ over the mere vocal direction, Shobha Surendran asked the Governor to step down if he was scared of the Chief Minister.

“The Governor should respect his position. He can’t stand idle. He should take an immediate action in the murder case of RSS functionary Biju,” the BJP woman leader said while speaking at a protest meet held by Sangh Parivar outfits.

A Raj Bhavan statement on Saturday said the governor had forwarded the petition of the BJP to the chief minister, asking him to take "immediate necessary action to put a curb on such disturbing incidents."

"It is necessary to send a positive signal to peace- loving citizens of the state," the statement said.

The BJP delegation, led by former union minister and MLA O Rajagopal, also sought implementation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in violence-hit areas of Kannur by declaring them as disturbed areas, the release said.

The petition claimed that since the present LDF government came to power, the Sangh Parivar lost 14 of its core workers in nearly 500 attacks by workers of ruling CPI (M).

The BJP petition also alleged that the state government was supporting the perpetrators of violence in Kannur district, the Raj Bhavan release added.

RSS worker Choorakad Biju (26) was hacked to death allegedly by CPI-M activists at Payyanur town in Kannur district, which has witnessed a series of clashes between ruling CPI-M and RSS for the past one year.

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