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Bid to paint grim picture of state will hit development: Kerala Chief Minister

There were attempts to project Kerala as a strife-ridden state, which will adversely impact the development of the state, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan here on Sunday.

Published: 07th August 2017 02:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th August 2017 09:10 AM   |  A+A-

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan leaves after the all-party meet in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday | B P Deepu

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: There were attempts to project Kerala as a strife-ridden state, which will adversely impact the development of the state, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan here on Sunday. Such attempts cause serious concern and all political parties had shared the opinion, he said after the all-party meet convened in the wake of political violence in the state.

“Such propaganda will adversely affect the state’s development. We have to attract more investments. Such false campaigns can hamper the progress of the state,” he said.

Noting that some issues were reported from certain places, he said action was taken in these incidents. Moreover, all  political parties had extended their full support to ensure peace, Vijayan said.

One of the suggestions that came up in the meeting was the police should act impartially while dealing with violence. The parties demanded the police should be more cautious and take strict action against those indulging in violence, he said.

Pointing out everyone has politics, he said criminals should be considered only as criminals ignoring their political affiliation. Moreover, he said all political party leaders should visit the places of violence so that those indulging in violence can be sidelined. Once leaders visit such places, it would sent a strong message against violence.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the all-party meeting took a strong note of campaigns instigating hatred in social media. The meeting has asked the government to look into the issue and take steps to deal with such propaganda.

On allegations that organisational rights were being denied at some places, Vijayan said everyone had the right to organise and the district administration will intervene and solve the issues, if any.  

Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala slammed the CPM and the BJP for the political killings in the state. He said both the CPM and the BJP should stop indulging in violence.He said the police had failed in curtailing violence. The police should take action against those indulging in violent activities without favouritism.

Chennithala also said the opposition parties would extend all support to the government for creating a peaceful atmosphere in the state. He said there were attempts to spread hatered through social media.

Noting that everyone was for peace, BJP leader O Rajagopal said the police had failed in discharging its duties leading to a spurt in political violence. “Some police personnel are behaving in a biased manner. They try to protect the interest of a certain party and they even behave as party men when dealing with violence,” he said.

Act tough: Chennithala

Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said police should act tough against people indulging in violent activities.



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