BJP stands firm on allegations against MT


"I respect MT as a writer . But I stick to my guns on the allegations raised against MT's political stand," Radhakrishnan said in a news conference.

Thiruvananthapuram: BJP state general secretary AN Radhakrishnan said on Friday that eminent writer MT Vasudevan Nair is not beyond criticism.

"I respect MT as a writer . But I stick to my guns on the allegations raised against MT's political stand," Radhakrishnan said in a news conference.

"I have not insulted MT personally. I pointed out MT's double stand, of not speaking against several incidents affecting Kerala society. A statue of father of Malayalam language, Thunchaththu Ezhuthachan could not be erected in Tirur due to the opposition from Muslim League. MT, who was the trust chairman during the making of the statue, has not uttered a word about this. Finally, an Iron stylus(Ezhuthani) and a book was erected at the place instead of the statue. MT did not voice his opinion fearing Muslim League. MT did not react when TP Chandrasekharan was killed or when cultural leaders were attacked. MT is responding now due to political compulsion. The BJP has the responsibility to respond to such matters," Radhakrishnan said.

"Writers should be impartial. If they start playing politics, they should also be ready to hear the replies too. The LDF, which assaulted writer Zacharia on a platform for criticising LDF policies, need not try to teach tolerance to me," Radhakrishnan said.

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