Thiruvananthapuram: After the 22nd state conference, CPM leadership has called for implementation of the decisions taken at the peace meetings convened by the Chief Minister to restore peace in the state particularly Kannur district. The CPM, which has come under tremendous pressure over the brutal murder of Youth Congress leader Shuhaib Edyannur, is keen to engage other parties in restoring peace. The peace meetings held earlier had taken several decisions to diffuse tension between the activists of rival political parties.
It was decided that a mechanism should be set up at the district level to ensure timely intervention by leadership and their strict monitoring in areas prone to violence. The idea was to make sure that on receiving information about any clash, the district leadership should be able to reach out jointly to the clashing groups at the earliest to avoid further escalation of violence.
While the political parties have been issuing appeals and instructions to cadre to exercise restraint in the face of extreme provocation, the workers fail to adhere to such directives due to absence of joint intervention of leadership of the rival groups. The peace meetings had also taken a decision to keep off from targeting houses of leaders, party offices and destroying party flags and martyrs memorials.
CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan on Sunday had stated that his party would not take the lead in violence. In case of aberration of strict action would be taken against the wrongdoers, he added. The opposition, however, is not convinced by CPM’s appeal for peace. The UDF leadership says despite several decisions taken at the peace meeting earlier, it was the CPM which first violated the truce. They cite the gruesome murder of Shuhaib which was carried out unilaterally without any provocation.