Mohamed Riyas, K Surendran | Photo: Facebook, Mathrubhumi
Kochi: BJP state president K Surendran here on Tuesday said that Kerala tourism minister PA Mohamed Riyas has links with religious extremist organisations, including the banned Popular Front of India (PFI), and alleged that CPM made him a minister to gain votes with the support of “terrorist forces.” The leader made the remarks while speaking to media persons in Kochi on Tuesday.
“The state government has failed to resolve developmental backwardness. Our society has realised that only Narendra Modi's development views can save the state. The chief minister and the opposition leader are worried about our house visits,” Surendran said.
“They believe that ownership of the religious minorities lies in the pockets of both parties. However, the fronts see the minorities as mere vote banks,” he added.
Meanwhile, Surendran’s remark comes in the wake of Mohamed Riyas’ earlier comments against the Sangh Parivar wherein he asserted that the Kerala government's policies ensure the safety of religious minorities and that urged the Sangh Parivar to attack the state government.
“Everyone has the right to visit houses. However, in Kerala, we usually do not choose the houses of a particular community to visit,” he had said in response to the BJP leaders’ visit to churches and residences of Christians on Easter day.
Recently, another BJP leader, B Gopalakrishnan, called former minister and MLA KT Jaleel a "terrorist."