Thiruvananthapuram: The stone pelted at Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has been transformed into an event worth commemorating — the Congress party has decided to observe Friday as “Anti-Violence Day’”.
October 31, the day that the Congress has chosen as its “Non-Violence Day” would also mark the death anniversary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi, who was assassinated on October 31, 1984. For Chandy, the day is also special as a birthday — this year, he turns 70.
“The CPI-M state secretary Pinnarayi Vijayan’s statement that his party has no role in the heinous attack, the first of its kind on a chief minister here, is one which no one in Kerala will ever believe.
Since yesterday afternoon, at Kannur, ahead of Chandy’s visit they were getting ready to unleash this attack,” Chennithala said to reporters here, yesterday.
“On October 31, I will inaugurate the anti-violence day at Kannur and across the state. Our party will hold rallies and public meetings. The CPI-M has no way but to desist from unleashing violence,” Chennithala said.
“Yes, there are differences of opinion in our party, but we are united and the attack on Chandy is just not acceptable. The party condemns it as the worst ever action by the CPI-M,” Chennithala said.
Meanwhile, Vijayan and his CPI-M colleague and former state home minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, who were keen to pay Chandy a visit in hospital were told by Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan that it would be better if they waited a few days before meeting the injured Chandy. IANS