Jaitley hits out at CPI(M) for political violence in Kerala

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Jaitley hits out at CPI(M) for political violence in Kerala

He was speaking after meeting the families of RSS-BJP workers and city Corporation councillors, who allegedly came under attack during the recent spate of political violence in Thiruvananthapuram. While the state was blessed with the nature's bounty, the challenge for any government would be how to make it the most prosperous in the country, Jaitley said.

AK Ramya, whose husband, Sreejan Babu is battling for his life after he was attacked by RSS workers, has written an open letter to Jaitley, asking if he would also visit them, The News Minute reported.

He even requested the Chief Minister to curb the political violence in the state and said, "I expect that the political violence in Kerala is curbed and that the perpetrators are brought to justice expeditiously".

On 12 May 2017, RSS worker Biju was murdered by alleged CPM activists in Payyanur, prompting the BJP to demand the imposition of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in Kannur district.

The state BJP office was vandalized on July 28. "Hence, as a representative of the Union government, he should have shown the courtesy of visiting those who were killed by the RSS", said the CPM state secretary.

A series of clashes between CPM and BJP-RSS activists had rocked Thiruvananthapuram last month in which the 34-year-old RSS worker was murdered in Kozhikode. The CPI (M) has claimed that the RSS-BJP combine was spreading a false propaganda on the issue of political violence. "I will once again appeal to you that those who have been murdered we must not forget them".

The slaying of RSS functionary Rajesh on July 29 was not the handiwork of the CPM as was being alleged, he told reporters here.

"It is extremely sad that in a progressive State such as Kerala, violence of this magnitude has taken place". Jaitley asserted that such violence would not suppress the BJP, the RSS and others and would only increase the cadre's determination to work harder.

BJP MPs had visited the Union home minister Rajnath Singh seeking the Centre's intervention. The nine arrested persons in connection with the case are under the police custody for evidence collection and further interrogation.

He also addressed a commemorative meeting after his meeting with the family saying that there was a saga of political violence in Kerala. The issue was raised in both houses of parliament by BJP top leaders expressing their deep concerns over the issue of political killings in Kerala.

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