"Very shocking": BJP following PFI's political wing's endorsement of the Congress in Kerala

The Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the political wing of the banned Popular Front of India (PFI), has stirred controversy by announcing its support for the United Democratic Front (UDF) in Kerala for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The BJP has launched a scathing attack on the Congress, accusing it of compromising national interests for the sake of securing votes.

The SDPI's decision to support the UDF in all 20 constituencies has raised eyebrows, particularly among BJP leaders, who have criticized the move as dangerous and detrimental to the country's interests. K Surendran, the BJP state chief and candidate contesting against Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad, labeled the development as shocking and accused the Congress, especially Rahul Gandhi and UDF leaders in Kerala, of aligning with a banned terror organization's political outfit for electoral gains.

In response, the SDPI leadership defended its decision, citing concerns about the BJP government's alleged denial of social justice, curtailment of religious and cultural freedoms, and introduction of contentious legislation such as the Citizenship Act. They asserted that by supporting the Congress-led UDF, they are participating in the battle against the BJP at the national level, citing challenges to the constitutional framework and diversity posed by the ruling party's policies.

On the other hand, Congress leader VD Satheesan clarified that while there have been no formal discussions or agreements with the SDPI regarding poll support, they do not outright reject the support either. He emphasized the importance of defeating the "fascist government" and highlighted the UDF's previous success in winning seats despite not receiving SDPI's support in the last elections.

The upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Kerala, scheduled for a single phase on April 26, are poised to witness heightened political tension amid these developments, with parties maneuvering to secure support and consolidate their electoral prospects.

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