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Congress-led UDF walks out of all-party meet in Kerala’s Kannur

President of Congress’ Kannur unit says CPI(M) district secretary was controlling the whole proceeding and that the party has decided only to attend the meet convened by the chief minister.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2018 15:32 IST
Ramesh Babu
Ramesh Babu
Thiruvananthapuram, Hindustan Times
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Congress leaders hold a fast outside the Kannur collectorate, demanding action in the murder of a Youth Congress leader on February 14. (HT File Photo)

Representatives of the Congress-led United Democratic Front on Wednesday walked out of an all-party peace meeting called by the Kerala government in Kannur to appeal for peace following the brutal murder of a Youth Congress activist, complaining their legislators were not invited.

Congress and Muslim League representatives also questioned the presence of Communist Party of India (Marxist) MP KK Ragesh in the meet. A verbal spat between Congress and the CPI(M) leaders started and the UDF members staged a walkout from the meeting convened by culture minister AK Balan.

“In the peace meet, CPI(M) district secretary P Jayarajan was controlling the whole proceedings and we can’t accept it. Now, we have decided only to attend the meet convened by the chief minister,” president of Congress’ Kannur unit Satheesan Pacheni said.

However, Jayarajan accused Congress leaders of staging a drama.

Political murders in Kannur since CPI(M) govt came in power
  • May 19, 2016: C Ravindran (CPM) killed in Pinarayi.
  • July 11: Dhanraj CV (CPM) murdered in Payyanur.
  • July 11: CK Ramachandran (RSS) hacked to death in Annur.
  • September 4: M Vineesh (RSS) in Thillankerry.
  • October 10: K Mohanan (CPM) in Vengad.
  • October 12: Ramith (BJP) killed in Pinarayi.
  • January 17, 2017: E Santhosh (RSS) murdered in Andallur.
  • May 12: C Biju (RSS) killed in Ramanthali.
  • January 19, 2018: KV Syamaprasad (RSS) killed in Kannavam.
  • February 13: M Shuhaib (Congress) killed near Mattannur.

The trouble-torn northern district, notorious for clashes between the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) and CPI(M), was pushed to the after Youth Congress leader M Shuhaib was allegedly hacked to death by a group of the left party’s activists on February 11.

Kannur is home to chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.

The district has witnessed 10 political murder, three in chief minister’s assembly constituency Dharmadam, since the new government came to power in 2016. The brutal murder of the young leader belonging to a minority community has invited more embarrassment to the party.

Police have arrested two people, active party functionaries, in connection with the murder but the Congress has said they were “dummy killers” not real assassins. The Congress and Shuhaib’s family have sought an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the murder.

Congress leader K Sudhakaran, a former member of Parliament from Kannur, is staging a fast outside the Kannur collectorate for last two days seeking the arrest of all accused in the case.

And much to the embarrassment of the ruling party, Revolutionary Marxist Party leader KK Rema is also fasting outside the CPI(M) headquarters in New Delhi.

First Published: Feb 21, 2018 15:32 IST