The Kerala BJP will not take part in the all-party meeting called by the district collector of Alappuzha on Monday, December 20, over the tensions that prevailed after the deaths of two leaders of the BJP and the SDPI.
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The Kerala BJP boycotted the meeting alleging that Renjith Sreenivasan’s body was dishonoured. The party also said that it was not informed of the change in time of the meeting.
Sreenivasan was allegedly hacked to death at his home on Sunday morning by unidentified assailants. A day before, KS Shan, the state secretary of the Social Democratic Party of India in Kerala, was allegedly attacked by an unidentified gang in Alappuzha district. Following the two killings, prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC were imposed in Alappuzha district for two days.
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While SDPI president MK Faizi alleged that KS Shan was murdered by members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Kerala BJP president K Surendran accused the Popular Front of India (PFI), a banned outfit and the parent organisation of the SDPI, of attacking Renjith Sreenivasan.
Congress MLA and Leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly VD Satheesan said the murders have “left everyone in shock”. “They are enemies who feed each other and the murders are a conscious attempt to create a divide in the state. This is a result of the ‘social engineering’ done by the chief minister,” Satheesan said.
India Today, meanwhile, accessed visuals of a group of unidentified assailants going to the house of Renjith Sreenivasan, BJP’s OBC Morcha secretary.