Oppn disrupts Kerala Assembly over Kannur violence

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Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 10: The Opposition Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) today stalled the proceedings in the Kerala Assembly demanding a discussion on the violence in Kannur which claimed seven lives in three days following which the House was adjourned for the day.

The members rushed to the Well of the House shouting slogans against ''politics of murder unleashed by the CPI(M) and the RSS'' when Speaker K Radhakrishnan refused the admissibility of an Adjournment Motion sought to be moved by Mr K Sudhakaran of the Congress.

Amid slogan-shouting, the Speaker rushed through the day's proceedings and adjourned the House for the day.

Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy said the statement of Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan that the CPI(M) and the RSS had agreed to end violence in Kannur itself was an acknowledgement that the 'politics of murder' was unleashed by these parties.

Earlier, opposing the admissibility of the motion, the Home Minister said the violence was condemnable and the government was committed to take stringent action against all those who were involved in it. He said seven people were killed and 15 injured in the clashes between the BJP/RSS and CPI(M) activists from March five to seven.

As many as six CPI(M) activists and five BJP men were killed in political violence since November last year. However, the situation was now under control and the police force was prepared to face any eventuality. Discussions were held with the district leaders of both the parties and they assured him that their activists would not get involved in any fresh act of violence, he added.

Intervening, Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan said though the government was ready to hold an all-party meet to discuss the issue, the RSS was not willing for such a talk at this moment. ''We would like to ensure the participation of RSS also in the all-party meet,'' he added.

Mr Achuthanandan also criticised senior BJP leaders L K Advani and Venkaiah Naidu for allegedly issuing provocative statements on Kannur issue. It is possible that the party activists took inspiration from such statements to attack the CPI(M) National Headquarters at New Delhi.

Earlier, seeking the leave of the House to discuss the motion, Mr Sudhakaran said the situation in Kannur was explosive and it was nothing but ''government-CPI(M)-sponsored violence.'' Both the Home Minister and the Chief Minister kept themselves away from the state when the trouble broke out. A number of revenge killings could have been averted if there was an effective political intervention from the top.

Later, the Opposition members staged a dharna in front of the State Assembly complex and also took out a march to the Martyr's Column demanding immediate steps to bring back normalcy in the region.

Addressing the activists, Mr Oommen Chandy said it was ironic that the political parties resorted to politics of murder.

After the Home Minister's statement, it was now evident that the Marxist party owned the killing of five BJP activists and the BJP, that of the killing of two CPI(M) members.

Kerala Congress(M) Leader K M Mani alleged it was the CPI(M) that gave support to violence in Kannur.


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