Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, whose car was attacked by an LDF mob here on Sunday, said that he was ready to “forget and forgive,” if the CPM shuns the politics of violence once and forever.
Addressing Congress workers here at a public meeting on Sunday evening, just an hour after he came under attack, Oommen Chandy welcomed CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan’s statement that his party had no role in the attack. “I would like to believe what Pinarayi Vijayan has stated. If his statement is sincere, then it marks a new beginning for the people of Kerala and the CPM in particular,” he said. “If his statement was true, then it shows the CPM has shunned its long tradition of violence, which is good news indeed,” Oommen Chandy added taking a dig at the CPM.
“What happened to me today is just an instance of the pain and suffering the Congress workers of the district have been subjected to at the hands of the CPM here for decades,” Oommen Chandy said amid huge applause of his party colleagues.
“If the CPM stops their politics of violence with this incident, I would be very happy and I am ready forgive and forget. But, if Pinarayi’s statement was just a cover for all they have done, then he is mistaken,” the Chief Minister said.
CM Attends Meet
The 43rd State Annual Police Athletics Meet came to a close here on Sunday amidst tight security as LDF workers blocked all the gates to the Police Parade Grounds, the main venue of the meet. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy declared the meet closed and received the salute of 23 units and teams.