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It was on 31st July 1959 that the Jawaharlal Nehru government dismissed the democratically elected Communist Government of Kerala. There was no valid reason or justification for invoking Article 356 by the Centre for the dismissal. Com.EMS Namboodiripad government elected in 1957, within two years of its rule, had passed many important pro-people legislations like Land Bill, Education Bill etc. which benefitted the common people in a large way. This was not acceptable to the feudal, communal and Congress leaders, who thought that such pro-people laws will make their coming back impossible. They started a Vimochan Samara and pressurised the centre to dismiss the government. It was disclosed later by the then US Ambassador to India that funds were given to the Vimochana Samara leaders for organising agitation. It was thus that the first Communist ministry in the country was dismissed.

The present Modi Government is also trying to torpedo the state governments ruled by other political parties, as in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh. The Congress Party, which cries foul against these dismissals should remember that it was the Congress Party itself which started this process of arbitrary dismissals of state governments, while it was in power.

In Kerala, again the Communists have won and formed government under Com. Pinarayi Vijayan as Chief Minister. The right wing parties as also the communal forces are once again trying to create trouble for the peaceful governance in the state. But it will not succeed. Times have changed.

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