All-party meet on CPI(M), RSS clashes on August 6

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Aug 2017 08:34:22



AMID violent incidents following the slaying of an RSS worker here, a meeting between Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and top BJP-RSS leaders on Monday agreed to support initiatives to promote peace and shun violence.
The meeting called by Vijayan also decided to convene an all-party meet here on August 6.

Briefing reporters Vijayan said similar meetings will also be held at Kannur, Kottayam and Thiruvananthapuram.
Though earlier peace meetings had decided that party offices, homes of party workers would not be attacked, it was unfortunate that a BJP office and house of Kodiyeri Balakrishnan were targeted in the violence in the state capital here, Vijayan said. Rajasekharan, who spoke to reporters separately, said BJP and RSS would provide all support to the Government initiatives to restore peace. “We need to have peace in the state. But we also want political parties, religious and communal outfits to have the freedom to engage in their party activities,” he said and asked the Government to provide the necessary atmosphere for it.

A report from Kottayam said stones were thrown at the district committee office of the CPI-M’s trade union wing CITU while a petrol bomb was hurled at the RSS district office in fresh incidents of violence in Kottayam town on Monday.

The BJP district unit alleged that CPI(M) workers hurled a petrol bomb at the RSS district office, causing extensive damage to the building situated at Thirunakkara in the town.
They slammed police for not taking steps to provide adequate security cover for RSS-BJP offices in the town.

Window panes of the CITU office were damaged in the attack believed to be carried out by a gang of five men who reached there on three motorcycles at 2.30 am, police said. They hurled stones at the office, police said.

Earlier, when Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan reached the meeting venue, apparently on seeing a large contingent of electronic media persons occupying the room, he lost his composure and asked them to leave.