Thiruvananthapuram has always been Kerala’s a politically sensitive hub, given the fact that it is where the state’s political action takes place daily. With the death of RSS activist Rajesh, the capital city has been on high alert since yesterday. The latest development, as reported by both Manorama News and Mathrubhumi News, is that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan lost his temper with journalists and asked them to ”Get out!” This took place at the city’s famous Mascot Hotel, where peace talks between the CPM and BJP had been convened.
According to the Manorama and Mathrubhumi news reports, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan angrily lashed out at media persons saying, ”Get out, who has invited you here?”‘ This was an unexpected development for all media persons who were assembled as usual to click images of the meeting before it starts. Finally, Pinarayi Vijayan began addressing the meeting only after all the media persons had left the room.
Following the peace talks, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan stated that an all party meet will be held on August 6th and that meanwhile, both political parties will address their cadres and ask them not to indulge in any form of violence. He called for restraint in the face of any provocative situation and emphasized that both parties have agreed that their workers, party offices and the residences of party officials and local party units cannot be made targets of political clashes at any cost.
The peace talks with CPM and BJP were represented by the Chief Minister, CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan from the CPM and Kummanam Rajasekharan, O Rajagopal and a few others from the BJP. All political parties in the state had criticized the violence that finally led to the RSS activist’s death. Senior Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala, who is also the Leader of Opposition, had undertaken a day long fast yesterday to protest against the political hacking for which Congress holds both CPM and BJP responsible.