|CM in Palakkad Sunday|
SENKUMAR MEETS AMIT SHAH; CANDIDACY PROMISED
PALAKKAD: Amit Shah’s body bulge (“ee thadi pora”) would not be enough to pull down the LDF government in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said here, and suggested that Shah could throw his weight around in his home state of Gujarat. “The soil of Kerala will not allow the BJP to grow here,” he said while inaugurating the Scheduled Castes Welfare Forum (kshema samithi) state meet Sunday.
The CM said no threat from the BJP against his government would work. He was responding to a statement from Amit Shah in Kannur on Saturday that if the LDF dispensation resisted the Sabarimala movement and kept arresting protesters, the government would be pulled down.
The Chief Minister said the government was not against the faithful. But, when the Sangh Parivar brought in gangsters to create trouble in Sabarimala, the government had to act tough. No such activity would be allowed in Sabarimala, he said.
Meanwhile, activist Rahul Easwar was arrested from his home in the capital Sunday morning, for the second time since the Sabarimala protests started, and taken to an Ernakulam magistrate’s court. There, a case had been filed by an individual saying Easwar’s statement to the media that he and some others were planning to spill their own blood in the Sannidhanam in case any young women went there following the Supreme Court order. That, he had said, would have created a situation for abrupt closure of the temple. He was granted conditional bail.
During the time of the Sabarimala protests, Rahul Easwar had been caught by the cops at the Sannidhanam and put in a tractor, which was covered with tarpaulin before he was transported to a jail in Kottarakkara, a distance of 130km from Pamba, the base of the steep hills. He was charged with inciting pilgrims in Sabarimala. The BJP has disowned him and his actions.
At another side, the Thazamon Tanthri Family issued a statement saying Rahul Easwar was not part of their circle. “While his mother was from the family, he has nothing to do with us,” the statement said, adding the family would fully cooperate with the Tranvancore Devaswom Board. It also said the family was peeved over the critical comments about the family by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. He might have stated so due to some “misunderstanding”, the family said.
SENKUMAR MEETS SHAH
Former DGP TP Senkumar and Amit Shah had a meeting Sunday, at which Shah explored the possibility of enlisting him as a candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls from Kerala. Details of the discussions were not available. Shah admitted into the BJP fold former ISRO chief Madhavan Nair and suspended Congress leader Raman Pillai, who recently participated in a BJP programme on Sabarimala. == IHN-NN