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Threat to lone MLA of Revolutionary Marxist Party over ‘dear CM’

K.K. Rema says she has received a threat letter warning her to stop attacking chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his Left Democratic Front government

K.M. Rakesh Bangalore Published 23.07.22, 03:53 AM
KK Rema.

KK Rema. File photo

K.K. Rema, the lone MLA of the Revolutionary Marxist Party in Kerala, has said she has received a threat letter warning her to stop attacking chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his Left Democratic Front government.

Rema’s husband T.P. Chandrashekaran, a former CPM leader, was hacked to death in 2012, allegedly for breaking away and forming the Revolutionary Marxist Party. The CPM denies involvement in the murder but three of its cadres are among the 12 people convicted of the crime.

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The handwritten letter in Malayalam, which Rema says she found in the drop box at her MLA’s hostel on Thursday, said: “Beware if your intention is to win some applause by blaming our dear chief minister and the LDF government. We will be forced to do something, even at the cost of our government.”

Rema said she had met state director-general of police Anil Kant and handed over the letter with a written complaint. An investigation has been initiated.

Rema told The Telegraph on Friday that a similar letter addressed to her 85-year-old father, K.K. Madhavan, had been delivered by post on Thursday.

Pinarayi Vijayan.

Pinarayi Vijayan. File picture

“Going by the handwriting, the two letters are written by two different people. While the letter to me is loaded with threats, the one to my father, which has been kept away from him, is packed with abuses,” she said.

Rema’s father, a diehard Marxist, was twice president of the Naduvannur village panchayat in Kozhikode district. But the family distanced itself from the CPM following Chandrashekaran’s murder.

“I haven’t revealed to anyone so far that I had received an Internet call (voice over Internet protocol), apparently from some Gulf country, the day I spoke about (CPM leaders’ alleged involvement in) the gold smuggling case early this month,” she said.

“The caller warned me with serious consequences if I continued to attack the CPM and the government.”

A prime suspect in a UAE-Kerala gold smuggling case has reportedly implicated Vijayan, his family members and some other CPM leaders.

Rema won from Vadakara in Kozhikode district in the 2021 Assembly polls with the unconditional support of the Congress-led UDF, and has since become a thorn in the side of Vijayan. The CPM too has been targeting her.

CPM lawmaker M.M. Mani was forced to apologise in the Assembly on Wednesday for earlier saying in the House that “fate” had made Rema a widow and the CPM was not responsible for it.

Thursday’s letter was signed off as “Payyannur Comrades”, Payyannur being a town in Kannur district, a CPM bastion and the native place of senior leaders, including Vijayan.

The letter attacked Rema for demanding an apology from Mani for his remarks, which suggests it was written before Mani’s House apology.

“You want Manichettan (“chettan” is older brother in Malayalam) to apologise to you, right? Don’t you feel shame saying that?” it said.

The letter repeated the CPM claim that the party was not responsible for Chandrashekaran’s murder. “Then, we did not kill your Chandrashekaran. It was done by some mysterious force that was fishing in troubled waters,” it said.

It also warned several Congress leaders: “It is better for V.D. Satheesan, K. Muraleedharan and K.C. Venugopal to be careful. We have kept something ready when you come to Payyannur.”

Satheesan, leader of the Opposition, said the letter reflected the CPM’s hunger for revenge.

“Their hunger for revenge is not sated even after killing so many. They are now displaying the same level of hatred that made them hack Chandrashekaran to death with 51 blows, leaving his face disfigured too,” he said.

“It’s the voice of Chandrashekaran that reverberates in the Assembly whenever Rema speaks. That is rattling the CPM and the government. So they are hunting her down again by threatening to finish her off.”

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