A BJP delegation, led by Union minister Nitin Gadkari, met President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday to apprise him about the alleged attacks on party workers by Left Democratic Front supporters in Kerala, reported PTI. The ruling party members also criticised Congress's silence regarding the incidents of violence, and expressed concerns about impact of such trends on democracy in the state. However, the Left has denied the charges.
The BJP leaders said that two of their party workers have been killed by Left party members in the state, who also vandalised houses of more than 100 workers. "We have given the President details of these cases, including photographs. He has assured us that he will take appropriate action. We hope that those having faith in democracy will condemn this violence," Gadkari said, after meeting Mukherjee. Union ministers JP Nadda, Nirmala Sitharaman and Rajiv Pratap Rudy, MPs Meenakshi Lekhi and MJ Akbar and Kerala BJP President Kummanam Rajasekharan were also part of the team that met the President.
In Delhi, police detained around 600 BJP party workers protesting against the alleged killings and violence in the southern state, reported NDTV. The LDF has won the state assembly elections held in May. Following the results on May 20, incidents of violence have been reported in the state.