'Even enemies not this barbaric': Arun Jaitley on RSS worker murder

The family members of slain CPM workers staged the dharna demanding that the union minister visit their homes too and listen to their woes. I assure our karyakartas and victims that the party will stand strongly behind them.

Mr. Jaitley said this violence was not in the interest of the State or of governance. Among these, a roughly equal number of workers from the CPI (M) and the RSS-BJP were killed - 30 from the former and 31 from the latter.

The senior BJP leader reminded the Left Front government that it is their responsibility to ensure, those indulging in violence are brought to book.

The CPI-M on Friday accused the BJP-RSS cadres for attacking and killing the Left party's workers and supporters in Kerala and accused the BJP of "doublespeak".

"The party's next State conference will be held in Thrissur from February 23 to 28, 2018".

Mothers, sisters and other members of the dead men recalled the indifference with which the government at the Centre has treated their tragedies, as their sons and brothers were killed in clashes in a state that has, over the years, carved a reputation for political murders. After the LDF came to power in Kerala, the Sangh Parivar has been engaged in sparking violence in the state. "It will only increase their determination to work harder against those who are perpetuating this operation", Jaitley said.

"We will not forget this heinous act".

Here is the list of people, both CPM-LDF and BJP-RSS, who have lost their lives to political violence in Kerala from 2016 to till now.

They explained to Jaitely the concern expressed by family members, including the widow of 34-year old Rajesh, who was hacked to death on July 29 by a gang led by an alleged historysheeter here.

Strong statements by Jaitley were however largely one sided as he failed to register violence meted out by BJP-RSS workers in action or reaction to ongoing political vendetta in the state. Governor P Sathasivam had summoned Vijayan and the state police chief over the law and order situation in the wake of the violence in the state. They had apprised him of the arrests made in the murder case. At Edavakode's condolence meeting, Jaitley said, "This kind of violence will neither suppress [RSS] ideology in Kerala nor scare our workers".

  • Rogelio Becker