Cash woe drives Kerala RSS leader to CPM



  1. A local RSS leader, P Padamkumar, joined CPM citing currency demonetisation as the last straw and “politics of violence“.
  2. He has been in RSS for around four decades before deciding to shift party loyalties.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A local RSS leader on Sunday joined CPM, snapping his four-decade long links with the sangh parivar, citing demonetisation of high value currency notes as the last straw and “politics of violence”.

P Padmakumar, who served as state secretary of Hindu Aikya Vedi, said here he had decided to join the ruling CPM in the state, after being fed up with “political violence” and “inhumane stand” of BJPRSS. “How many families have been orphaned due to the inhumane stand and politics of violence of RSS BJP?” he said.

“The demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 was the last straw and I decided to quit the outfit,” said Padmakumar, in the company of CPM district secretary Anavoor Nagappan. He said Padmakumar had been given party membership.
Kerala’s ruling LDF, which has called a statewide shutdown on Monday against demonetisation that has left cooperative banks in turmoil, mean while, decided to exempt the tourism industry from the stir’s purview.

 Tourism minister Kadakampally Surendran gave directions to all concerned to exempt tourists and tourist vehicles from the shutdown.
Police have been directed to ensure tourism sector is not affected. The decision comes at a time when demonetisation has affected the tourism industry , with increased cancellations seen even as the the three-month peak season has just begun.