RSS worker hacked to death in Kerala: Arun Jaitley says brutality would've embarrassed even terrorists

Thiruvananthapuram: Amid macabre political killings in Kerala, Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday accused the state's ruling CPM of unleashing its cadres for "eliminating rivals and creating en environment of violence".

Jaitley, who was in Thiruvananthapuram to provide a healing touch to the family of RSS worker Rajesh, allegedly killed by CPM cadres on 29 July, mounted a scathing attack on the LDF government, saying incidents of violence increased every time it came to power.

File image of finance minister Arun Jaitley. PTI

File image of finance minister Arun Jaitley. PTI

"Every time the LDF is in power, incidents of violence increase. The kind of wounds that were inflicted on Rajesh would even have embarrassed terrorists," he told reporters.

Eearlier, addressing a condolence meeting for Rajesh Jaitley said the ruling party cadres were being "eliminating its political opponents and creating an environment of violence". The CPM, he said, needed to introspect.

Jaitley, who visited the family of Rajesh in the morning, accused the police of bias, insisting it was a "silent spectator" when RSS and BJP workers were attacked and killed.

The BJP-RSS and CPM cadres are locked in a bloody battle of attrition in the state which has claimed several lives on both sides. There has been a spurt in such incidents in the recent past as the BJP seeks to expand its base in the state.

The CPM, meanwhile, countered Jaitley's claims by organising a 'Satyagraha' in front of Raj Bhavan where relatives of 21 of its cadres done to death allegedly by the
RSS were present. They demanded that the union minister also visit their homes.

The CPM accused the RSS-BJP combine of spreading "false propaganda" about political violence in the state.

CPM's state Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan alleged that incidents of political violence had increased only after the visit of BJP President Amit Shah in early June.

The BJP was implementing "Amit Shah's plan" in the state by engaging in violence, Balakrishnan alleged.

Meanwhile, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan held an all-party meeting to discuss ways to end the vicious cycle of violence in the state, which Jaitley said was a "positive step".

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Vijayan said the propaganda that Kerala was in the grip of political violence would only adversely impact the state's investment prospects.

Vijayan was dismissive about Jaitley's allegation of police bias against RSS and BJP workers. He said police was taking effective steps to check violence.

Jaitley, whose visit to the state is being widely seen as an attempt by the BJP to bring under national focus the issue of alleged increasing attacks on party cadres by the CPM, also questioned the "complete silence" of those who otherwise speak against similar incidents in other parts of the country on the "continuing saga of violence in Kerala".

"The buck stops at the ruling party," Jaitley said while rejecting the argument that RSS-BJP combine was also responsible for political violence in Kerala.

"I do not agree with that. If you see the numbers, in the last few months ever since the LDF government returned to power you can see the extent to which our workers have fallen victim," he added.  

He asserted BJP and RSS workers would not be cowed down by such violence which will only strengthen their resolve to work harder.
  
"Those who perpetuate violence, must remember that our organisation, our political party and other sympathetic organisations have survived through generations despite these kinds of assaults which have befallen us. This kind of violence will neither suppress the ideology in the state of Kerala, nor scare our workers and cadres," he said at the event to condole Rajesh's death.

"I have come here to express solidarity of our central leadership with karyakarthas (workers) in this hour of crisis. The central party fully supports you whichever way it is necessary. I will once again appeal to you that those who have been murdered we must not forget them. We must continue to be inspired by their sacrifices," he said.

He said in his death Rajesh would continue to inspire all RSS and BJP workers, and asked the Sangh volunteers to take care of his family.

The minister earlier met and consoled the aged parents, widow and young children of Rajesh and spent some time listening to their problems.
 
He also met the family of another RSS worker Jayaprakash, who was seriously injured in an alleged attack by CPM cadres.

When asked about the demand of the families of victims of violence allegedly perpetrated by RSS and BJP activists that he also meet them, Jaitley said he was ready for that.

BJP sources said Jaitley was likely to submit a report on his visit to the party's central leadership.

Some in the RSS have been demanding imposition of President's rule in Kerala over breakdown of law and order. However, Jaitley evaded a question on their demand, saying
"Statements are being made by different persons. I have said what I had to say."


Published Date: Aug 06, 2017 05:48 pm | Updated Date: Aug 07, 2017 09:33 am


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