Kerala CPI(M) secretary M V Govindan said that before banning Popular Front of India (PFI), Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) should be banned. He also said imposing a ban on an extremist organisation or a communal force would not put an end to its activities.
CPI(M) state secretary M V Govindan’s statement came amidst reports that the Centre was planning to include the Popular Front of India (PFI) in the list of terror outfits.
“If an organisation has to be banned, then it has to be RSS. It is the main organisation carrying out communal activities. Will it be banned? Banning an extremist organisation will not address the problem. RSS has been banned in the past. The CPI has been banned.
“Banning an organisation will not end it or its ideology. They would only come back with a new name or identity. We need to create awareness against such groups and take legal action against them when they commit any illegality,” Govindan told reporters.
The CPI(M) state secretary was referring to the ban on CPI in 1950 and the bans on RSS in pre and post-independence India.
Govindan further said that RSS, BJP and the Sangh Parivar are presently seeking the ban on PFI.