Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is expected to convene an all-party meeting to consider curbing hartals and also looking into its legal aspects. However, he was evasive on a total ban on hartals.
He told the Assembly during question hour on Monday that there were attempts, often deliberately, to put stumbling blocks on the State's development path. He said hartals as part of protest against young women entry to Sabarimala had resulted in loss Rs 28.43 lakh due to destruction of private property and Rs 1.03 cr as result of damage to public one.
Some of the hartals had brought disgrace to the State and strict action would be taken against those indulging in violence during such protests. He was responding to Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala’s query on whether the government would bring a law to control hartals.
In a dig at BJP-RSS combine, he said hartal calls were being given by certain groups which not only had any role in the state's progress, but also attacked them. Some powers who have never played a role in Kerala’s progress are willfully making attacks. Pinarayi said the police and the people were cautious when it came to such attempts aimed at destroying the State.