THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Recalling the bonhomie between the two student bodies, SFI and ABVP, during the Emergency, state Law and Culture Minister AK Balan on Sunday said the camaraderie could be rekindled if needed.
The CPM leader was inaugurating a function organised here to release six books authored by Adv PS Sreedharan Pillai, former state president of the BJP. The co-operation between the two organisations was such that they had joint candidates for student union elections in Government Law College in Kozhikode, the Minister said.
Sreedharan Pillai was one of the candidates, Balan, a former state president and secretary of SFI, recalled. Pointing out that Pillai’s books were on capital punishment, Balan said that while CPM had adopted a stand against capital punishment, no such decision had been formalised at the government level.
The Minister also hinted at a recent controversy about writer MT Vasudevan Nair. “Pillai has mentioned MT as his inspiration. This will be remembered always,” he said. BJP's AN Radhakrishnan had recently criticised the writer for his comments against demonetisation.