BJP manages to force total shutdown in Kerala

The BJP workers also held protest marches in all district headquarters and raised slogans against Pinarayi Vijayan.

By: IANS | Thiruvananthapuram | Published: October 13, 2016 3:17 pm
A deserted MG Road, one of the major arterial roads in Kochi, Kerala during the hartal today (Photo: Nandagopal Rajan) A deserted MG Road, one of the major arterial roads in Kochi, Kerala during the hartal today (Photo: Nandagopal Rajan)

The dawn-to-dusk Kerala shutdown called by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s state unit on Thursday to protest the murder of one of its activists in Kannur was total, reports here said. While shops and establishments remained closed, attendances in various government and private establishments were thin as public and private transport and buses remained off the road.

Commuters arriving at railway stations in the state were stranded as public transport was unavailable. The BJP worker’s murder in Kannur on Wednesday had taken place in Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s village and was the second in two days, also the seventh in Kannur district since he assumed office in May.

Despite the shutdown, Vijayan’s cabinet held its routine weekly meeting at the state secretariat where security was stepped up.

Both at the Indian Space Research Organisation centre and Technopark campus, the police were deployed in numbers to ensure the safety of the employees and of the campus.

As many private firms allowed their workers to work from home, “the overall attendance was not like on usual working days,” an IT official said.

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Although two-wheelers and private vehicles were seen plying around in urban areas, the picture was different in the rural localities. At Thrissur and in the state capital here, the protesters vented their anger against the media by destroying the advertisement boards of the Communist Party of India-Marxist.

In some places, the protesters even roughed up persons who tried to venture out — the car of a medical professional in Kollam’s Karunagapally was damaged. The BJP workers also held protest marches in all district headquarters and raised slogans against Pinarayi Vijayan.

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  1. ganapathi Krishna
    Oct 13, 2016 at 2:48 pm
    High time some one raise voices against this commi rule and this moron CM and his goondas . Looks like thes e CPM Govt. is following Mamata's example in Bengal . They are trying to mold God own country like what Mamta is doing is Bengal by intmidation and gooda raj as well as appeasing muslim sentiments against majority Hindu voices . shame on these goonda politicians and Kerala is heading towards disaster
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      SubbuI
      Oct 13, 2016 at 12:21 pm
      KALNAYAK GUNDA AMIT SHAH HAS STARTED HIS DISTRUCTIVE AND DIVISIVE POLITICS IN KERALA WHICH HE TRIED IN WEST BENGAL AND MISCERABLY FAILED.THESE FANATICS TOO KILLED CPM WORKER. THESE GOONS ARE NOT SAiNTS..THEIR SHUT DOWN CALL WAS SUCCESFULL IS BECAUSE FULL COVERT BACKING AND HELP OF BJP CENTRAL GOVERNMENT.GUNDAS CAN STOP A STATE TO FUNCTION. NO BODY CAN CLAIM KERALA HAVE SO MUCH BJP SUPPORT.KERALA UNTILL TODAY THOUGH HAVE HIGHEST % OF BOTH MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS PUTION COMMUNAL HORMONY WAS ALLWAYS THERE.NOW THIS POISON OF RELEGIOUS POLITICS IS SPREADING IN SOUTH TOO. THANKS TO RSS. BJP.NOT A GOOG SIGN FOR FUTURE
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      1. Ashish Biswas
        Oct 13, 2016 at 12:18 pm
        The chief minister of Kerala continuance as a CM state must be investigated . Even his promotion as a CM raised many eyebrows.
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          Dharam Paul
          Oct 13, 2016 at 10:23 am
          Cold blooded murder of BJP activist is highly condemn-able act of communist party that is in power in Kerla and the complete shut down in the state support my views. CM should step down owing responsibility for this ghastly crime against their own people because he is CM of state and not of his party. What they did in W.B for 35 years under its rule and now the time came for their exit from this state of Kerla also that is evident from support of people of the state for PM Modi and BJP Jai Hind
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          1. Ram Babu
            Oct 13, 2016 at 12:10 pm
            It seems BJP is gaining strength in Kerala !
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