Kozhikode (Kerala), July 30: The Congress today asked the BJP and CPI-M in Kerala to immediately call off violence that the two parties are engaged in, as peace and tranquillity have vanished in the state.
Congress reaction comes on a day when the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party called for a statewide bandh to mark protest against the killing of 34-year-old Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader’s murder here on Saturday night.
Till now five suspected Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) activists taken into police custody in connection with the case and the two vehicles used by them.
Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala on Sunday stated a day-long hunger strike here to protest the bloodshed that the BJP and CPI-M have been engaged in.
“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.
“The need of the hour is to end the violence. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Rajashekeran should sit and talk. The police under Vijayan have been a dismal failure,” he added.
“The BJP, caught in a medical scam, and the incompetent one-year rule of Vijayan are the root cause of the violence as both the parties want to cover up their failures,” he further stated.
Due to shutdown, normal life has been affected in the state, as the movement of traffic is slow. The state police have also asked the people to not indulge in activities like spreading false messages on social media and warned of strong action against those who found doing so.