Political leaders across parties in Kerala urged the public and politicians to stand united as political enmity distorts normal life in several locations of the State. The friction which began on Friday as attacks against Communist party leaders’ houses by BJP-RSS workers in Thiruvananthapuram has culminated in a person losing his life. E. Rajesh, 34, reportedly an RSS worker, was severely injured in the attack and was hospitalised immediately. However, he succumbed to his injuries on Saturday night. So far eight persons from both cadres who perpetrated the attacks have been arrested and more number of people has been noted by the police.
Governor P. Sathasivam had summoned Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and State Police Chief Loknath Behra in his office at Raj Bhavan to discuss the issue and following this, Pinarayi Vijayan met state BJP leaders at Mascot Hotel in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday. BJP MLA O. Rajagopal, BJP state president Kummanam Rajashekharan and Rashtriya Swayam Sevak chief P. Gopalan Kutty were in the team which met the CM in the morning. An all-party meeting to discuss the issue will be held on August 6 in Thiruvanathapuram, Kottayam and Kannur.
“The path of peace and that of aggression are diagonally opposite. It won’t do any good for the political parties which adopt the path of aggression. The BJP will never tolerate such offensive behaviour and the meeting today discussed the need to urgently instil peace in the affected areas, especially in the parts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam and Kannur. The act of vandalising residences, offices and vehicles is highly condemnable and the meeting has decided to put an end to such acts by both the party workers,” said O. Rajagopal MLA speaking to The Kochi Post. He further said that other parties which are not in power either at the State level or at the Union level want to make political gains out of the situation.