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Political Violence: CM Holds Meet with RSS, BJP Leaders

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has begun his meeting with RSS, BJP leaders in light of the ongoing political conflict between CPM and RSS-BJP activists. The meeting began at 10 am in the Chief Minister’s office. BJP State President Kummanam Rajasekharan, O. Rajagopal MLA and RSS leader P. Gopalankutty are attending the meeting.

Tension began when RSS worker Rajesh, 34, was hacked to death on Saturday night allegedly by CPM workers. The Congress on Sunday asked the BJP and CPI (M) in Kerala to immediately end violence.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called for a shutdown on Sunday, following the killing of Rajesh. The police have taken into custody five suspected CPI (M) activists and the two vehicles used by them.

Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala on Sunday began a day-long fast in Kozhikode to protest against the political violence.

“Both the parties (BJP and CPI-M) should lay down arms immediately as annihilation politics practised by them has reached very dangerous levels,” said Chennithala.

Meanwhile, the dawn-to-dusk State-wide hartal, announced by Kummanam Rajasekeran, paralysed life in the State.

On Friday night, CPI(M) councillor IP Binu attacked the State BJP headquarters here, following which BJP activists stoned the residence of CPI(M) State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan’s son.