RSS worker murder: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan meets BJP, RSS leaders over growing cases of violence in state

The state BJP office was vandalised on July 28 while stones were thrown at the house of CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan's son Bineesh Kodiyeri . RSS functionary Rajesh was hacked to death by a history-sheeter-led gang.

By: PTI | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: July 31, 2017 12:07 pm
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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today convened a meeting with BJP-RSS leaders in the state against the backdrop of the recent political violence and slaying of an RSS worker here. BJP state President Kummanam Rajasekharan, former Union minister and MLA, O Rajagopal and RSS leader P Gopalankuttyare attending the meeting called by the chief minister. CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan is also at the meeting. As the chief minister arrived at the venue of the meeting, a group of television personnel who were present to take video footage before commencement of the meeting, were asked by Vijayan to leave.

On Tuesday, Kerala Governor P Sathasivam had summoned the chief minister and DGP Loknath Behara over the incident. The chief minister had assured him that he would be meeting BJP and RSS state leaders. Vijayan and the DGP met the governor separately after they were summoned by the Raj Bhavan to ascertain the action taken following recent violent incidents including the murder of the 34-year-old Rajesh on July 29. The state had been witnessing a series of violent incidents allegedly involving BJP-RSS and CPI-M workers with the capital district rocked by incidents of attacks on houses of rival partymen in the past few days.

The state BJP office was vandalised on July 28 while stones were thrown at the house of CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan’s son Bineesh Kodiyeri here. Rajesh was hacked to death by a history-sheeter-led gang here on Saturday. His left arm was chopped off and there were several injuries all over his body. The BJP had called for a dawn-to-dusk state-wide hartal yesterday to protest the incident. Police had said seven persons, including prime accused Manikandan, the history-sheeter, have been arrested in connection with the killing of the RSS workers. They said the attack was due to personal enmity between Manikandan and the victim for the last one-and-half years. Yesterday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to the chief minister and voiced concern over attacks on political workers in Kerala and said political violence was unacceptable in a democracy.

While BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan alleged that the CPI(M) was behind the attack, the CPI(M) district leadership has denied any role of the party in the attack. CPI(M) state Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said the RSS worker’s killing was a fallout of individual rivalry and his party had nothing to do with it. However, Rajasekharan, has alleged that the ruling CPI-M was trying to eliminate its political opponents and urged it to refrain from violence. The opposition Congress had observed a fast yesterday in Kozhikode to protest against the politics of violence.

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    alice
    Jul 31, 2017 at 1:28 pm
    violence starts with "true religion", and "god" sending those who do not believe in him to "ETERNAL HEELL", and ffolish followers trying to convert people to the follyishness. sounds like a ddeevil and not god behind such acts
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      Raju
      Jul 31, 2017 at 12:57 pm
      Violence originated with the archenemy of both God and man—Satan the Devil, whom Jesus Christ called “a murderer.” (John 8:44) Moreover, because “the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one,” his traits are reflected in popular at udes toward violence, including the world’s infatuation with media violence. (1 John 5:19) To please God, we must cultivate a hatred for violence and a love for what God loves. Is that possible? “Jehovah . . . hates anyone who loves violence.”—Psalm 11:5. Put away “wrath, anger, badness, abusive speech, and obscene talk.” It also says: “Strip off the old personality with its practices, and clothe yourselves with the new personality.” (Colossians 3:8-10) Is God asking too much of us? No. People can change. How? The first step is gaining an accurate knowledge of God. (Colossians 3:10) When a person with a receptive heart learns about our Creator’s appealing qualities and standards, he is drawn to God in love and wants to please him.
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        alice
        Jul 31, 2017 at 1:27 pm
        violence starts with "true religion", and "god" sending those who do not believe in him to "ETERNAL HEELL", and ffolish followers trying to convert people to the follyishness. sounds like a ddeevil and not god behind such acts
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        Raju
        Jul 31, 2017 at 12:50 pm
        Violence originated with the archenemy of both God and man—Satan the Devil, whom Jesus Christ called “a murderer.” (John 8:44) Moreover, because “the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one,” his traits are reflected in popular at udes toward violence, including the world’s infatuation with media violence. (1 John 5:19) To please God, we must cultivate a hatred for violence and a love for what God loves. Is that possible? “Jehovah . . . hates anyone who loves violence.”—Psalm 11:5. Put away “wrath, anger, badness, abusive speech, and obscene talk.” It also says: “Strip off the old personality with its practices, and clothe yourselves with the new personality.” (Colossians 3:8-10) Is God asking too much of us? No. People can change. How? The first step is gaining an accurate knowledge of God. (Colossians 3:10) When a person with a receptive heart learns about our Creator’s appealing qualities and standards, he is drawn to God in love and wants to please him.
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          Logic Induction
          Jul 31, 2017 at 12:36 pm
          Intolerance is increasing !
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            Damodar Biswal
            Jul 31, 2017 at 12:34 pm
            Kerala CM is a clean man n good administrator.Should ensure that the problem is solved before it takes an ugly turn munist leaders should support him.Meeting arrested persons in the jail will aggravate the situation.
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              mtv
              Jul 31, 2017 at 12:33 pm
              We cannot expect any miracles to come out from the meeting between two fascist parties. Fascist parties do not believe in democracy and two fascist parties cannot co-exist. That is why, in the first place,they are called fascist parties. Fascism, in which you cannot tolerate a second opinion other than your own, has no place in democracy. Unfortunately, India is moving in that direction. Dynasty politics also should have no place in democracy. Democracy means freedom of choice. Both fascists and dynasty politics do not provide a choice.
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