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Nation Current Affairs 15 Apr 2018 CPM, BJP fight poste ...

CPM, BJP fight poster war in Chengannur

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Apr 15, 2018, 1:27 am IST
Updated Apr 15, 2018, 1:27 am IST
The BJP posters also referred to local issues, including nurses’ struggle and KSRTC pension woes.
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Alappuzha: The rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl  in Jammu has come in handy for the opponents of the BJP to  embarrass it in the Chengannur by-election campaign. It may be recalled that two BJP ministers in J&K had to resign after they defended the attackers of the  girl. Some posters  appeared on the compound  walls  of the houses in  Chengannur on Friday saying,  “We have children aged below 10. No BJP worker is allowed to enter the  house for seeking votes. #Justice for Asifa.”        

But  this was the signal for a poster war in the constituency. On Saturday,  the BJP supporters replied with posters that read,  “There is a girl aged 13. Comrades aged 40 should not come to our house asking for votes.” This was a reference to the episode involving communist leader A.K. Gopalan, who had a love affair with a minor girl.   But the political parties have disowned the  squiggle posters. The CPM  maintains that it was a spontaneous reaction of the people to the horrific rape and murder of Jammu girl.

 

Irfan Ebrahim Sait, head of the  new media wing of CPM in   Chengannur, ruled  out any party role in the  viral campaign.   “Many posters appeared in front of houses in rural and urban areas seeking  justice for Asifa,” he said  pointing fingers at the Congress Party.   The BJP posters also referred to  local issues, including nurses’ struggle and KSRTC pension woes.    K. Soman, BJP district president, Alappuzha, said  workers react when the rivals attack them.  “The CPM always brags about  its  integrity.  Is politicisation of a rape a part of its  integrity?”

 

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Location: India, Kerala




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