Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s office in Kerala’s Wayanad district was allegedly vandalised by members of the Students’ Federation of India on Friday, the Indian Youth Congress alleged.
“A complete state of anarchy in Kerala,” the Congress’ youth outfit tweeted. “The extremism in the left-wing politics of Kerala is out in open. Why is Kerala government promoting such hooliganism in Kerala?”
The outfit has demanded that the miscreants behind the attack be identified and arrested.
The Students’ Federation of India is the youth wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), which leads the the ruling Left Democratic Alliance in Kerala.
The attack took place as Students’ Federation of India members marched to Gandhi’s office allegedly seeking his intervention in favour of farmers on a Supreme Court order that protected forest tracts and wildlife sanctuaries must have an eco-sensitive zone of 1-km starting from their demarcated boundaries, reported The Indian Express.
Several organisations and residents have claimed that the order will adversely affect the life and livelihood of many inhabitants, especially in Idukki where there are densely populated areas within the 1-km zone, according to The Hindu.
On Friday, the Indian Youth Congress shared another video that showed some persons holding the Students’ Federation of India flags as they climbed the wall of Gandhi’s office.
“But, remember, Congress’s ideology is engraved in India, it will not be damaged by your poor attempt,” the Congress said.
Congress leader KC Venugopal said the incident took place around 3 pm, reported ANI.
“They attacked the office people, Rahul Gandhi’s staff brutally,” he added. “We do not know the reason.”
Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said he condemned the incident, ANI reported.
“In our country, everyone has the right to air their opinions and protest democratically,” he said. “However, that shouldn’t result in excess. It’s a wrong tendency. Strict action will be taken against culprits.”