Issue of political violence stalls Kerala Assembly

RSTV Bureau
: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan meeting with officials in his office

File photo of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan

The issue of political violence involving members of the ruling CPI(M) and the BJP, rocked the first day of the Kerala Assembly on Monday. The Assembly had to be adjourned after Congress-led UDF Opposition stalled the proceedings.

Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala slammed the state government for the present spurt of political violence. The Congress alleged that police had failed to check recurrence of violence while Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan maintained that stringent action had been taken against offenders irrespective of party affiliations.

Vijayan said there was a “deliberate attempt to portray” Kerala as a trouble-torn area. Hitting out at the BJP and the RSS for the violence in the state, he said it was a conscious attempt to divert the attention from the graft allegations against its party members over the issue of grant of MCI clearance to a private medical college, which shook the BJP’s state unit recently.

“The allegation that the law and order situation in the state has collapsed was false and baseless. There was no continuing communal tension or political violence in the state. Whatever happening is isolated incidents,” said the CM.

Unhappy with the CM’s reply, Opposition members raised slogans and displayed banners against the “BJP-CPI(M) violence.”

As the disruption by the opposition members continued, Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan adjourned the House for the day ahead of schedule.

Earlier, Vijayan also appealed to all parties to unite to defeat the “planned move” to tarnish the image of Kerala. Referring to the all-party meeting held on Sunday, the Chief Minister said all political parties extended full support to the peace initiatives taken up the government to end political violence.

But, police alone cannot end such violence completely and it needs the support and cooperation of parties, Vijayan added.

Congress MLA K Muraleedharan highlighted the recent murder of RSS functionary Rajesh Edavakkod and attacks on state BJP office, house of CPI(M) state secretary, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan’s son and houses of BJP and CPI(M) councillors.

(With inputs from PTI)