Thiruvananthapuram | Targeting BJP-RSS for the violence in politically volatile Kannur district in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today said the saffron party and its outfits were “deliberately” causing breach of peace in the northern district.
However, Vijayan made it clear that the government had an open mind on holding an all party peace meeting in Kannur and later, if necessary, at the state level as demanded by the Congress led UDF Opposition.
“An all party meeting will be called in Kannur. But first let us convene a district level meeting or peace and later, if necessary, a state level meeting can be held”, he said.
Vijayan made the statement while replying to a notice for an adjournment motion on the situation in Kannur, which witnessed a series of political clashes between CPI(M), heading the ruling front, and BJP after the LDF government came to power four months ago.
The lone BJP member, O Rajagopal, welcomed government’s “sentiments” and said it should be made a reality. BJP wanted peace to prevail in the area. The frequent clashes in the district had dented the state’s image outside, he said.
However, it was the responsibility of the CPI(M) and the Chief Minister to bring peace in the region and they should take “sincere” efforts in this regard, he said, adding, it was a fact that violence increases in the region whenever the LDF comes to power, Rajagopal said.
“It is also a fact that there is no party which has not become a victim of the CPI(M)’s violence of politics in the state”, he said.
Asserting that the government had taken all necessary steps to check violence, Vijayan, who holds the Home portfolio, said law and order situation in the district was “under control”.
He also sought the cooperation and support of all parties to bring peace in the area.
“Unfortunately, the attitude of RSS has created this situation in Kannur and BJP and saffron outfits were deliberately creating trouble”, Vijayan added.
“RSS is making bombs and arms for fomenting tension in the area. Even people have been brought from outside the district for creating violence”, he charged.
Rejecting the opposition charge that seven political murders had taken place in Kannur since his government came to power, Vijayan said only “five were political murders”.