The newly-constructed BJP Kerala state office in Thiruvananthapuram came under a bomb attack in the early hours of Wednesday. Though the office suffered damages no one was injured in the attack.
Party state president Kummanam Rajsekharan has blamed the ruling CPI(M) for the attack and questioned the continued silence of chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
Footage from CCTV installed near the office showed two motorbike-borne miscreants throwing explosive substances at the office before fleeing the scene. Following the attack security has been tightened for the BJP’s offices throughout the state.
“The party will not sit idle if the CPI(M) continues its attacks like this. The CM’s silence shows most of the attacks are taking place with his knowledge and support,” Rajsekharan said.
The BJP has called a protest march later in the evening. However CPI(M) district secretary A Nagappan has denied any involvement in the attack.
PTI quoting BJP sources said Rajasekharan had left the office for Kozhikode, where preparations are on for the three-day national executive and council meeting from September 23 which is being attended by senior party leaders and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The bomb attack comes close on the heels of a series of sporadic clashes between CPI(M) and BJP workers in the past few months in northern Kannur district that has claimed five lives.
(With inputs from PTI)