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As CPI(M)-BJP Violence Spikes, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan Vents Spleen on Journos

The chief minister screamed "Get out" at reporters and camera persons who were inside the hall in Thiruvananthapuram when he and CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan arrived for the meeting.

Neethu Reghukumar | CNN-News18

Updated:July 31, 2017, 12:55 PM IST
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As CPI(M)-BJP Violence Spikes, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan Vents Spleen on Journos
File photo of Kerela CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, under pressure over increasing political violence in the state, vented his anger on journalists at a meeting with BJP-RSS leaders on Monday.

The chief minister screamed "Get out" at reporters and camera persons who were inside the hall in Thiruvananthapuram when he and CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan arrived for the meeting.

Media persons who are used to two minutes of photo-op time before any such important meeting were taken aback at the CM's sudden outburst. Some protested the treatment as there were no prior directions from the CM's office or the police that the meeting was out of bounds for cameras.

After the meeting, CM Vijayan briefed media persons about the outcome, but refused to comment on his behaviour and stormed out of the place ignoring repeated questions from reporters.

On Sunday, Kerala Governor P Sathasivam had summoned the chief minister and DGP Loknath Behara over the killing of an RSS worker, which is the latest in the increasing violence between both sides.

The RSS worker, Rajesh, was hacked to death by a gang led by a historysheeter. While police say that there was personal enmity, the BJP alleged the hand of the ruling CPI(M).

The state had been witnessing a series of violent incidents allegedly involving BJP-RSS and CPI-M workers with the capital district rocked by incidents of attacks on houses of rival partymen in the past few days.

The state BJP office was vandalised on July 28 while stones were thrown at the house of CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan's son Bineesh Kodiyeri.

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| Edited by: Aditya Nair
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