The BJP won the Palakkad Municipal election on December 16, its second consecutive win in the town.
Thiruvananthapuram: The BJP’s celebrations following a second consecutive electoral win in Kerala’s Palakkad town earlier this week has led to a police case against party workers who unfurled huge posters with religious slogans on the municipality building.
The police filed a case against “identifiable people” late Thursday night after the Palakkad Municipal Secretary filed a complaint. “We have filed an FIR under 153 IPC based on the complaint of the Municipal Secretary, who is also a government official,” Palakkad Police Chief Sujithdas S told NDTV. Section 153 pertains to provocation with the intent to cause a riot.
The BJP won the Palakkad Municipal election on December 16, its second consecutive win in the town amid a larger Left sweep across Kerala in the state local body polls held on December 8, 10, and 14. The party won a clear majority this time: 28 of the total 52 seats in the municipality. In 2015, it was the single largest party with 24 seats.
A group of BJP supporters climbed on to the top of the Palakkad municipal building and unveiled multiple giant posters across the structure’s front face. One of the posters carried the party’s signature “Jai Shri Ram” slogan, inexplicably with a picture of Maratha king Shivaji. Another poster featured Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
A video of the incident, which, according to the police, took place on counting day, December 16, went viral in local social media circles, sparking a controversy. What aggravated the issue was BJP spokesperson Sandeep Varier’s celebratory Facebook post, in which he claimed “Palakkad town was Kerala’s Gujarat”.
This has not been done with the knowledge of the BJP leadership. We don’t know who did it. But I am not apologetic. Nothing wrong with it,”