After political tensions erupted in Kerala over lynching of RSS workers, Union Minister and Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Sunday met family members of slain RSS worker who was recently murdered in political violence in the state.
Anavoor Nagappan, Thiruvananthapuram district secretary of the CPM, said that those on protest included 21 family members of their activists killed in the state from 1980. "Governments are elected to do good for the people", the BJP leader said adding "but in Kerala, the ruling party is perpetrating violence on the people".
The slaying of RSS functionary Rajesh on July 29 was not the handiwork of the CPM as was being alleged, he told reporters here. The BJP, he said, was implementing "Amit Shah's plan" in Kerala by attacking party strongholds.
Vijayan's government needs to "discipline its own cadres rather than let them loose on political opponents", he added. It will only increase their determination to work harder against those who are perpetuating these operations. "I have come here to express the solidarity of the central leadership with karyakartas in this hour of crisis". Instead, he has come to visit the families of RSS workers which itself shows that he can not get past political partisanship, he added. Over the last 17 years, 85 CPI (M) workers, 65 RSS/BJP workers and 11 people from the Congress and the IUML have been killed in Kerala, all of them in incidents of political rivalry.
Jaitley condoling the death of the deceased activist said he'd been "slaughtered in the most barbaric manner". Jaitley, apart from meeting the cadres injured in political violence, is expected to address their families too. The government should summon the political will needed to ensure law and order and peaceful coexistence.
The minister complained that had some something similar happened in a BJP-ruled state, there would have been a hue and cry. "The workers of Kerala are not alone, the whole nation is with you".
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had earlier urged Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to take adequate measures to stop the clashes.
Although not declared a political murder, police arrested 16 RSS workers in connection with the killing of a teenager called Ananthu Ashokan at Cherthala.
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