C Times, 31 July 2017, Agartala
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday convened a meeting with BJP-RSS leaders in the state against the backdrop of the recent political violence and slaying of an RSS worker here.
BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan, former Union minister and MLA, O Rajagopal and RSS leader P Gopalankutty are attending the meeting called by the Chief Minister. The CPIM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan is also at the meeting.
As the Chief Minister arrived at the venue of the meeting, a group of television personnel who were present to take video footage before the commencement of the meeting were asked by Mr Vijayan to leave.
On Sunday, Kerala Governor P Sathasivam had summoned the Chief Minister and DGP Loknath Behara over the incident. The Chief Minister had assured him that he would be meeting BJP and RSS state leaders.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the DGP Loknath Behara met the governor separately after they were summoned by the Raj Bhavan to ascertain the action taken following recent violent incidents including the murder of the 34-year-old Rajesh on 29 July.
The state had been witnessing a series of violent incidents allegedly involving CPIM and BJP-RSS workers with the capital district rocked by incidents of attacks on houses of rival party men on the past few days.
The state BJP office was vandalised on 28 July while stones were thrown at the house of CPIM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan’s son Bineesh Kodiyeri here.
Rajesh was hacked to death by a history-sheeter-led gang here on Saturday. His left arm was chopped off and there were several injuries all over his body.
The BJP had called for a dawn-to-dusk state-wide hartal yesterday to protest the incident. Police had seven persons, including prime accused Manikandan, the history-sheeter, have been arrested in connection with the killing of the RSS workers.
Yesterday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to the Chief Minister and voiced concern over attacks on political workers in Kerala and said political violence was unacceptable in a democracy.