BJP, CPI (M) see red over post-poll violence in Kerala

Gadkari-led team meets Prez; BJP men break signboard outside CPI (M)’s Delhi office

New Delhi: Clashes between cadres of BJP and CPI-M in Kerala after the Left victory found its echo in the national capital with a BJP team seeking President Pranab Mukherjee’s intervention while workers of the rival parties scuffled outside CPI (M) office and 600 people were detained.

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Nitin Gadkari adresses the media after the meeting; (below) Cops detained 600 people after protests outside CPI (M)’s office. Pics/PTI

After meeting the President, Union minister Nitin Gadkari, who led the BJP delegation, alleged that police was not taking appropriate action. “We have given the President details of these cases, including photographs. Our worker Pramod was killed. Houses of more than 100 workers have been vandalised. He has assured us that he will take appropriate action.”

Nitin Gadkari adresses the media after the meeting; (Right) Cops detained 600 people after protests outside CPI (M)’s office. PICS/PTI

Hitting back, CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury alleged that it is the BJP and RSS workers who started the violence by attacking a victory procession. “This has happened across the state. The BJP is simply not willing to accept the democratic verdict of the people of Kerala,” he said.

Around CPI (M)’s Delhi office, a four-tier security arrangement was made yesterday morning. CPI (M) workers had also come out to confront the protesters and a minor scuffle broke out when a group of BJP workers broke police barriers and damaged the signboard at the CPI (M) office. “Around 600 people have been detained under provisions of law and the situation is under control,” DCP (New Delhi) Jatin Narwal said.

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