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CPM, BJP to hold more talks to prevent violence in Kerala, CM calls all-party meet on August 6

CM Pinarayi Vijayan, who was summoned by state governor over the incidents of violence that resulted in the death of an RSS leader in Thiruvananthapuram Sunday, asked media persons to ‘get out’ of the venue before the meeting.

india Updated: Jul 31, 2017 19:38 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
Kerala CM,RSS-BJP,RSS leader hacked to death
Union home minister Rajnath Singh had also called Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressing anguish over violence. (PTI File Photo)

In the wake of recurring political clashes in Kerala, the ruling CPI(M) and RSS-BJP on Monday decided to hold more bilateral talks to explore ways to contain violence. An all-party meet will be convened on August 6 and three other regional meets will be called in Kannur, Kottayam and Thiruvananthapuram.

The spiralling cycle of violence had resulted in the killing of an RSS leader in the state capital on Sunday and worried Governor Justice P Sathasivam had summoned chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the state police chief expressing concern over deteriorating law and order situation. Union home minister Rajnath Singh had also called the CM expressing anguish over violence. The state had observed a shutdown on Sunday to protest the murder.

“What happened in last two-three days are really unfortunate. Police will be given a free hand to investigate these incidents,” the CM said, adding cadres of both will be reined in by their respective parties. CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan and RSS leader Goplankutty Master also attended the meet.

“We have sought two things — freedom to propagate our political ideology and effective policing. Our workers often fall prey to CPI(M) cadres and police. The CM has assured us both,” said the BJP president after the meet. Opposition Congress has observed a prayer day on Monday calling upon both to shun violence. “Both will have to rein in their marauding cadres to ensure peace in the state,” said opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala.

Newsmen who assembled to cover the meet were shocked when the CM suddenly turned his ire on them. “Get out, who invited you here,” he shouted at newsmen. Later, his office explained that he only asked newsmen to leave the venue before the meeting started.

In last one week, a number of houses and party offices belonging to both parties were attacked in the state capital. BJP state office and house of the CPI(M) state secretary’s also came under attack.

E Rajesh, an RSS leader, was hacked to death by an alleged group of CPI(M) workers triggering fresh round of violence in many parts of the state.

First Published: Jul 31, 2017 19:28 IST