Kerala Assembly stalled over political violence issue

The issue of political violence involving members of the ruling CPI(M) and the BJP rocked the first day of the Kerala Assembly on Monday, leading to its adjournment after Congress-led UDF opposition stalled proceedings.

Slamming the state government for the present spurt of political violence, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala equated the cycle of violence between CPI(M) and BJP activists with the ‘blue whale’ game that leads teenagers to death.

The Congress alleged that police had failed to check recurrence of violence while Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan maintained that stringent action had been taken against offenders irrespective of party affiliations.

Vijayan said there was a “deliberate attempt to portray” Kerala as a trouble-torn area, which he said, would have an adverse impact on the state’s development prospects.

Hitting out at the BJP and the RSS for the violence in the state, he said it was a conscious attempt to divert the attention from the graft allegations against its party members over the issue of grant of MCI clearance to a private medical college, which shook the BJP’s state unit recently.

“The allegation that the law and order situation in the state has collapsed was false and baseless. There was no continuing communal tension or political violence in the state. Whatever happening is isolated incidents,” he said.

Not satisfied with the reply of the Chief Minister that law and order situation was stable, opposition members stood up and moved towards the well of the House raising slogans and displaying banner stating “end BJP-CPI(M) violence and restore peace in the state”.


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