That this was verily their line of thought has been proved by a statement of comrade Ajita - a Naxalite woman in an article that Corn. E.M.S. Nambudhiripad had asked her to go ahead with her plan of action of organising people for a rising, promising her that thousands of unemployed Beedi workers would join her. The fact that the beedi workers did not Join her and that her 'revolution' failed and she had to surrender to the police was another story. She believed that E.M.S. let her down.
What Corn. Ajitha did not know was that, when the Ganesh Beedi company was ultimately forced to closed down. a set of devoted workers of the RSS approached Management to take up manufacture
of Beedis on contract basis and management permitted it. Thousands of beedi workers who were starving were re-employed by this contracting company. Hence they had no need to march with Ajitha! The workers became disgusted with the CPI(M) and CITU leaders' fradulent behaviour and began to join BMS Union in large members. The CITU men on the other hand began to prevent the workers from going to the contracting firm's godowns to take their quota of beedi leaves and tobacco, The workers were being beaten up. Naturally there was reaction and series of .clashes occured in different parts of the district between these CITU men who had joined BMS and CITU activists. Nevertheless, more and more members began to leave their organisation and join BMS. It must have been a nerve-racking experience for them, for, within four years, with their men again in the seats of power, they hastened to start a co-operative venture in Beedi Industry which was later to absorb all these ex-employees of Ganesh Beedi Company.
But the mischief had been done already, the antagonism between these two Trade Union organisations continued not only in that district, but began to spread to other district also. It must also be noted here that those who joined BMS, began to get attracted naturally to RSS ideology also, as a result of which these began a series of clashes between RSS men and CPI(M) directly.
There was naturally a lull in these clashes during the emergency period from June 26th 1975 to March 21st 1977. Because of the exemplary and historic role played by the RSS and BMS activities during emergency period in the resistence movements, both these organisations became immensely popular after the emergency was lifted. Even though the elections in March 1977 in Kerala gave chance to the Congress to rule the State, the growth of these two organisations continued to be an eyesore to the CPI(M) and CITU, inspite of the temporary cease-fire during emergency period. Our files show that from Oct. 2 1978 onwards, the attacks on RSS men in Cannanore District began in right earnest. It must be mentioned that the both the congress ministry which came to power in March
1977 and llic ministry hciidcd by the right CPI leader P.K. Vasiidevan 4