THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Saturday called for restarting political process in Kashmir. Yechury was speaking at a public meeting in Uppala in Kasargod district in connection with the launch of ruling LDF’s Kerala Samrakshna Yathra led by CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran.
“The solution to Kashmir problem does not lie in violence. There is a need for starting a political process to find a solution to the problem. As Parliament members we went to Kashmir three years ago. Since then there has been no political process,” he said.
The CPM chief said the all party meeting convened by the Central government on Saturday resolved to defend the unity and integrity of the country. Yechury said the gruesome attack in Pulwama was not carried out by Kashmiris or Muslims. It was an act done by terrorists and militants. Such dastardly and heinous acts should be dealt with sternly.
The CPM general secretary said along with the Samrakshana of Kerala there was also dire need to protect the country. He called for the defeat of Narendra Modi Government in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls to protect country's secular democratic fabric.
He said the humanity was facing threat from communal forces. “These forces have to be thrown out of power at the very first opportunity. There have been attempts to create a divide between Hindus and Muslims. An atmosphere of violence is being created to make electoral gains. People of the country should guard against such heinous attempts. The H in Hindu and M in Muslim come together to become Hum (We the Indians). Our secular democracy and plurality needs to be protected at any cost,” he said.
The northern leg of jatha will cover majority of the Assembly constituencies in Kasargod, Kannur, Kozikode, Malappuram and Thrissur district before culminating in the public meeting to be held in Thrisur on March 2.