Kerala CM, BJP decide to hold all-party peace meetings over political murders
Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan met leaders of the BJP on Monday over escalating political tensions. Following the murder of another RSS worker on Saturday, the state government held talks with senior Kerala BJP as well as RSS leaders.
BJP state chief Kummanam Rajasekharan, MLA O Rajagopal and RSS leader P. Gopalankutty were part of the meeting where it was decided to hold peace meetings across the state. "Party offices and workers' houses should not be attacked. Political parties have to be more vigilant and ask workers to keep away from attacks. An all-party meeting will be convened on August 6 in Thiruvananthapuram to put an end to the unrest. Peace meetings will be held in Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam and Kannur," said Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan after the meeting.
Vijayan added that after the recent incident and the violence that followed, leaders of all political parties decided to hold peace meetings. The meetings will be held district-wise and leaders of all political parties will be part of it. The meeting comes a day after the Governor of Kerala met DGP Loknath Behra and Pinarayi Vijayan over the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.
Media accuses Pinarayi Vijayan of misbehaving
Journalist and camerapersons who had gathered outside the venue of the meeting in Thiruvananthapuram of Monday were asked to 'get out' by the Chief Minister. Journalists accused the Vijayan of misbehaving with them for doing their jobs.
Meanwhile, police teams investigating the case said that the motive of the murder was both political and personal rivalry. Eight accused have been arrested in connection with the case while a search is on for those absconding. Even as the BJP accused the CPM of indulging in bloodshed and murdering their workers, Kodiyeri Balakrishna claimed that the CPM had no role to play in Rajesh's murder and the BJP had itself to blame for the political unrest in the state.