Thiruvananthapuram, February 11

CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has alleged that the BJP and the Congress turned the students’ agitation at the Kerala law academy law college in the city into a farce to destabilise and malign the CPI(M)-led LDF government.

Kodiyeri made the remarks in an article he penned for CPI(M) mouthpiece Desabhimani.

The Marxist strongman argued in the article that in the backdrop of the agitation by the students of the law academy, the BJP had been paving the way for a Congress-IUML-BJP alliance in the future.

“The other parties (Congress and IUML) fell in the trap laid by the BJP,” he wrote.

KPCC president V M Sudheeran, and other Congress and IUML leaders had objected to a joint protest with the LDF against the centre’s note ban but they had no qualms in banding together with the BJP in the law academy stir, Kodiyeri argued.

The soft approach of the Congress and the IUML towards the BJP had been visible during the stir at the college, he added.

“They (Congress, IUML, and BJP) had turned the law academy stir into a political agitation against the LDF government,” Kodiyeri wrote.

The differences between the CPI(M) and its biggest alliance partner CPI had come to the fore during the law academy stir.

Addressing the issue, Kodiyeri wrote that a section of the media had speculated that relation between the CPI(M) and the CPI had become strained to such an extent that the stability of the LDF coalition was in question.

Scotching such speculation, the article states that even though the two parties have their individual identities, they are joined together in the LDF by virtue of their commitment to the ideals of Marxism-Leninism and class struggles.

The agitation at the Kerala law academy law college was started by the students of the college demanding the resignation of the college principal.

The student agitation assumed new dimensions once political parties entered the scene in solidarity with the striking students.

All through the stir, which lasted 29 days, the CPI(M), its student outfit SFI, and the government it leads had drawn severe flak for what was generally perceived as the soft stance adopted by the government and the party towards the law academy management.

The CPI had also come out against the state government’s soft-pedalling in the issue.

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