BJP workers on Sunday staged a demonstration outside the CPI(M) office in Delhi, protesting against the murder of a 38-year-old party worker allegedly by supporters of the Left party during a election victory rally in Kerala.
Police said around 150 protestors have been detained. Several police teams were rushed to the spot in New Delhi area and the entire area was barricaded.
CPI(M) workers had also come out of the building to confront the protesters, a senior police official said. BJP worker Pramod (38) had sustained head injuries after he was allegedly hit by a brick following a clash during a victory rally by CPI(M) workers at Idavilangu in Kerala on Thursday. He died the next day.
Prior to that on counting day one CPI(M) worker was dead after the the RSS workers attacked victory rally in Dharmadam, where Pinaryi Vijayan contested and won.
BJP has been targeting the Left over the alleged attacks on its workers in Kerala in the run up to the polls.
BJP chief Amit Shah had yesterday accused the Left Front of “violating” the people’s mandate.
Union minister Ravi Shanker Prasad on Saturday had issued a veiled warning to CPI(M) saying that the party should be aware of the fact that BJP is ruling the country.
BJP had said it will not sit quiet if the “cycle of violence” continues in the state as it claimed that it has emerged as a powerful alternative voice to the two main fronts led by CPI(M) and Congress.
A delegation led by Union Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari met President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday to lodge a formal protest with regard to the violence.
Meanwhile, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said the party very strongly condemns the attacks and vandalism the BJP has organised. “It is the BJP and RSS workers who started this bout of violence by attacking a victory procession,” Yechury alleged.
“This has happened across the state. The BJP is simply not willing to accept the democratic verdict of the people of Kerala,” he told reporters.
The Left party claimed that allegations against its workers were “false” and BJP leadership was adopting a “hypocritical and dishonest position” about what has happened in Kerala.
In a statement issued by the CPI(M) polit bureau, also asked BJP to ensure that its Kerala unit “stops making such attacks and issuing threats to it” and said the Left Front will contribute to maintaining peace and avoiding clashes.
“The BJP is levelling false allegations against CPI(M) workers in Kerala. The BJP leadership is adopting a hypocritical and dishonest position about what has actually happened in Kerala.
“The people of Kerala gave a resounding verdict in favour of the LDF,” the statement said, alleging that “it is against this democratic verdict of people that BJP launched attacks in various places against the CPI(M) and LDF workers”.
New chief minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan said the BJP should be careful of their words. The allegations by the BJP is creating lot confusion among the people of Kerala.
Vijayan said the BJP should accept the electoral verdict and should try to maintain peace in the state, instead of attacking CPI(M) workers.