Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has termed his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath as the symbol of "communal violence, hatred and intolerance", and criticised the BJP for his elevation.
"Now we have Yogi Adityanath, who has charges against him for inciting communal tensions, being made the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. Yogi Adityanath has always been the symbol of communal violence, riots, intolerance and hatred," Pinarayi said addressing a public meeting in Hyderabad on Sunday night.
The meeting was organised to mark the culmination of Maha Padayatra led by the CPI(M) Telangana unit Secretary Tammineni Veerabhadram.
Adityanath, the five-time BJP MP from Gorakhpur, who is known as the Hindutva hardliner, took oath as the 21st Chief Minister of the country's most populous state on Sunday.
"The politics that he (Adityanath) championed was meant for doing away with whatever communal harmony that was left in Indian politics," the Kerala CM said.
Alleging that Adityanath had "spearheaded" a series of communal riots in 2007, Pinarayi recalled that the saffron leader "had gone to the extreme of comparing (Bollywood actor) Shah Rukh Khan with Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed. He also spoke against Amir Khan and Mother Teresa."
The CPI(M) leader said Adityanath had also asked those who were reluctant to practice Surya Namaskar to leave country for Pakistan. He also accused Adityanath of "triggering venomous communal campaign" to bring Ayodhya issue back on top of the BJP's agenda.
Pinarayi said Adityanath has always maintained some sort of a "contempt towards the politics that has highlighted dalits, backwards and minorities".
"(By) making a person of such criminal background the Chief Minister of our largest state, the message BJP (wants to) send to the nation is that they will continue to try to capture power by resorting to communal riots.
"Only a party which has sheer contempt towards secularism and democracy can elevate such a person to the office of Chief Minister," the Left leader alleged.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:42 PM IST