Jaitley slams ruling CPI(M) in Kerala for violence

Marsha Scott
August 7, 2017

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. I assure our karyakartas and victims that the party will stand strongly behind them.

"Arun Jaitley who is here in the state, should spend time with the close relatives of the CPM members killed in attacks". The 31-year-old, who was found with 89 stab marks on his body, was an RSS worker since his boyhood. Of these, the RSS and the BJP have together lost 65 party workers, while 85 of the CPI (M)'s workers have been killed. Meanwhile, members of Communist Party of India (Marxist) staged protest outside Raj Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram against BJP's alleged attempts to exaggerate the political violence in the state as a means "to defame the CPM in the national front". "I will once again appeal to you that those who have been murdered we must not forget them". In the meeting, the leaders spoke about RSS deceased activist Rajesh, attacks on BJP offices in Kerala and attack on CPI (M) leaders.

"Let's assume if the kind of political violence in Kerala had taken place in BJP or NDA ruled state, what would've happened", asked Union Finance Minister Jaitley, adding "Awards would have been returned, parliament would not have been allowed to function and campaigns would have been carried out within and outside country".

Jaitley said that instead, it would only increase the determination of the RSS workers to work harder against those indulging in violence. "But in Kerala the ruling party is perpetrating violence on the people".

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After a spate of political violence, State Governor P Sathasivam had summoned Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and state police chief Loknath Behra to ascertain the action taken by the government.

Although not declared a political murder, police arrested 16 RSS workers in connection with the killing of a teenager called Ananthu Ashokan at Cherthala.

He also met the family of another RSS worker Jayaprakash, who was seriously injured in an attack allegedly by the CPI (M).

"It is at such juncture that BJP central leadership and a Union Minister have raised baseless and partisan allegations against the CPI-M in Kerala".

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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