Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan criticized Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar for his remark Kerala government after twin blasts. He said Rajeev Chandrasekhar’s distorted mind cannot see the situation.
The Union Minister had alleged that the left government is showing increased tolerance towards ‘radicalism and radicalisation.’
While addressing a press briefing in Kochi, Union Minister of State for Electronics Rajeev Chandrasekhar said, ‘To accuse me of being communal, or to accuse our party of doing anything other than looking after the best interest of every Indian, is to be a liar. He (Pinarayi Vijayan) is a liar…If not having links with the SDPI, PFI and Hamas is the qualification for being called communal, I am proud to say that nobody in BJP has any linkages with SDPI, PFI and Hamas.’
‘I am not asking what is wrong with him. He is a man who has entered politics because he is well-versed in BJP politics. I had spoken to the Union Home Minister the other day and informed him in detail about the matter. His (Rajeev Chandrasekhar) remarks and those of his associates were aimed at a certain section. It is only because Rajeev Chandrasekhar’s distorted mind cannot see it, and that is why it is not possible to destroy Kerala’s identity,’ he said.
CPI leader Brinda Karat lashed out at Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar and said, ‘He should pull the shutters down on his agency of lies and hatred. Kerala is characterised by its religious tolerance and sends the message of communal harmony to the country and the world.
The Kerala government should take immediate action and bring whoever is behind the (twin blast) incident to book,’ Karat added.
In response to his allegations, Karat accused him of being an ‘agent of communal hate speech and lies.’
CM meets victims of blast in Kochi
Kerala Chief Minister visited the blast site and also met the people who are undergoing treatment of their injury incurred due to the blast.
‘Visited the Zamra International Convention & Exhibition Centre at Kalamassery today to assess the situation after yesterday’s blast. Met with the grieving relatives of Kumari and Leona Paulus. Also, checked in on those receiving treatment at the medical college, ensuring they get necessary care. The investigation is progressing efficiently. Let’s face this with restraint and unity, and steer clear of unnecessary controversies,’ tweeted Kerala CM.
After visiting the blast site, Kerala CM, on Monday, urged people to steer clear of controversies in connection with blasts and face the issue with restraint and unity.
After his visit, he said that the probe into blasts at religious gathering is progressing efficiently.
BJP chief JP Nadda calls Left government remained ‘silent spectator’ when Hamas leader addressed a meeting
BJP chief JP Nadda called Left government a ‘silent spectator’ when a leader of Hamas addressed a virtual meeting organised in Kerala.
Rahul Gandhi condemns Kerala blasts, calls it deeply disturbing’
Rahul Gandhi in a post on X on October 29 condemned the incident that took away 3 lives so far and called it ‘deeply disturbing.’
Kerala blasts: CPI state secretary says ‘investigate if it has a connection with the Palestine issue’
Communist Party of India (Marxist) state secretary M V Govindan said, ‘Kalamassery incident should be seen as a very serious incident. In today’s time when the world is expressing solidarity with Palestine, the people of Kerala are standing for the people of Palestine. Whoever takes a stand, capable of diverting attention from it will be dealt with seriously. The state government and the democratically aware people should stand together and condemn this.’
He added, ‘We have to investigate if it has a connection with the Palestine issue. When we politically analyse, in such a situation an incident like this is part of terror activity. It should be very seriously investigated. We cannot call it an accident when there are parts of bomb found there. Let’s not approach with a preconceived notion. Let them investigate.’
BJP-led NDA blocks Kerala Secretariat to protest against alleged misrule
The BJP-led NDA raised a protest today morning in front of three of the four gates of the Kerala Secretariat against alleged misrule of the Left government in the state while a large number of BJP followers gathered outside three gates around 6 am.
A survivor named Michael said, ‘I was shaken, and I opened my eyes to see fire and smoke in the hall. It took place in the middle of the hall near where the console was placed. I was just five rows behind, who was dressed in a purple shirt and black cotton pants.’
Kerala blasts: Do not ‘cause problems by spreading rumours’ says leader of opposition
Leader of opposition in the Kerala assembly and Congress leader VD Satheesan said, “Let a serious police investigation take place. Let the real details come out. Everyone should take care not to cause problems by spreading rumours. Those admitted to the hospitals should get the best treatment.”
Kerala blasts: Kerala governor condemns blast
Kerala governor Arif Mohammad Khan condemned the blasts and said, ‘The way this blast has been used to disturb the congregation is absolutely condemnable. I am sure that the law & order enforcement agencies will act in a manner so that there is no repetition of such an act.’
Kerala blasts: ‘Bomb blasts in Kerala, deplorable and deeply disturbing’ says NCP president Sharad Pawar
NCP president Sharad Pawar condemned the bomb blasts in Kerala and termed them as deplorable and deeply disturbing.
Kerala blasts: Delhi and Mumbai on high alert following the multiple explosions
Delhi and Mumbai were put on high alert on October 29, following the multiple explosions that killed three person and injured several others at a prayer meeting in Kerala.
“Delhi Police is on high alert after the blast in the convention centre, in Kalamassery, Kerala and Special vigil is being kept in crowded places,” a police statement said.
“Special vigil” was being kept in crowded places in Delhi and security arrangements were being tightened at churches across Delhi said police.
Kerala blasts: Suspected convict Dominic Martin was not a registered member of 3-day event at Kalamassery
Regional spokesperson for the Jehovah’s Witnesses TA Sreekumar told Reuters that suspected convict Dominic Martin was not a registered member of the group. He said around 2,300 people attended the three-day event but was unaware if Martin was present.
‘Opened my eyes to see fire, smoke…’: Eyewitnesses recall Kerala serial blast horror
Three people participating in the prayer meeting at a convention centre in Kalamassery in Ernakulam district died in the blasts while over 50 were left injured in the blasts triggered by an improvised explosive device (IED) at the prayer meeting of Jehovah’s Witnesses at a convention center in Kerala’s Kochi, said police on Sunday.
Stating about the incident, an eyewitness VK Michael, a man in his 50s, said that he closed his eyes for the opening prayer on the final day of a three-day zonal conference of the Christian group Jehovah’s Witnesses at a convention center.
Adding more, he said that nearly 2,500 others present at the conference also closed their eyes in unison, and barely a minute into the prayer, there was a loud blast inside the hall.
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