Chauhan apologises to Kerala CM for stopping him from speaking in Bhopal
- A group of Bajrang Dal and VHP workers gathered in front of the venue of the programme at Bhopal on Saturday evening and shouted 'Pinarayi Vijayan go back.'
- Police requested Vijayan to skip the programme citing law and order situation.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan apologised to his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan for stopping the latter from addressing a public meeting at Bhopal on Saturday after Sangh Parivar organisations raised a protest. The MP police officials requested Vijayan to skip the programme held by various Malayali organisations in Bhopal 'to avoid law and order situation.'
After the incident triggered an uproar in Kerala, Chauhan, MP Chief secretary and state police chief apologised to Vijayan over the incident.
While speaking to media at Kochi on Sunday morning, Vijayan did not cover up his anger over the incident. " It was the RSS that organised the unprovoked protest. There was no immediate reason for the protest. Just because the protesters were RSS men, the MP police did not take any action. And asked the CM of a state to back off," he said.
A group of Bajrang Dal and VHP workers gathered in front of the venue of the programme at Bhopal on Saturday evening and shouted 'Pinarayi Vijayan go back.' The Sangh Parivar protesters were apparently provoked by the attack on an RSS worker in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday morning. Besides, Vijayan had led a scathing attack on PM Modi and his demonetization police while addressing the national convention of All India Democratic Women's Association which is being held at Bhopal. He also slammed the Modi government for the 'increasing fake encounters' and corruption in the country.
The MP Police had detained a few Sangh Parivar activists in connection with the blockade.
Meanwhile, the CPM slammed the incident and blamed the MP government for failing to fulfil its constitutional responsibilities. Even the Chief Minister of a state is denied freedom of speech. PM Modi should respond to this deplorable incident, CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan stated. He also said that the CPM would organise protests across the state.