Thiruvananthapuram: Accusing the CPI-M of injuring 26 of its activists, the BJP said on Tuesday that the Marxists were indulging in violence ahead of assembly elections in Kerala.

The way the Communist Party of India-Marxist was approaching the polls due in May “speaks the language of violence and arrogance”, BJP spokesman VV Rajesh told the media.

He said CPI-M activists attacked former Kerala state president V Muraleedharan at Kazhakootam on the suburbs on Thiruvananthapuram on Monday night.

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The attack “left 26 of our workers injured” and they were now in hospital, said Rajesh, adding Muraleedharan too had been admitted to a hospital.

The Bharatiya Janata Party, which is desperately trying to win a seat in the assembly polls, has called a district shutdown.

But it has exempted educational institutions and transport in view of the ongoing school exams.

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