THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Senior Congress leader A K Antony has urged Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to convene a meeting of CPM and BJP leaders to end the spate of political violence in the state. “It is the only solution to the current situation as I see it,” Antony said, presenting the N Ramachandran Foundation Award for Excellence to critic M K Sanu here.
Thiruvananthapuram, once the most peaceful city in India, has turned into a trouble spot. The police can never find a solution to this problem. Political parties should instruct their rank and file to end the violence, Antony said. “The Chief Minister should convene a meeting of the leaders of the two parties and urge them to agree to end murder politics and political violence,” he said.
Shashi Tharoor MP, who delivered the keynote address on ‘Journalism in Changing Times,’ said attacks on homes and cars is not politics, but vandalism. “But now that a murder has been added to the list, I can only urge people on both sides to respect the basic principle that violence has no place in democracy and that goondaism is not either ideology or politics,” he said.
It is urgently necessary for the citizens to come together to demand peace from those who destroy it in the name of their politics, he said. Veteran journalist B R P Bhaskar presided over the function. M K Sanu, N Ramachandran Foundation president and CM’s media advisor Prabha Varma and others spoke.