Arun Jaitley meets kin of slain RSS worker in Kerala

Arun Jaitley's visit came just one day after zonal level bilateral talks were held between leaders of both CPI-M and BJP in Kannur to ensure peace. Meanwhile, they also met another RSS leader, Jayaprakash who was brutally injured in an attack during a clash between RSS workers and CPM leaders. The Defence Minister's visit to Kerala coincides with the all-party meeting headed by Chief Minister with an objective to put an end to the political conflicts in Kerala. "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.

The minister complained that had some something similar happened in a BJP-ruled state, there would have been a hue and cry.

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. "All these people who are sitting here have lost their near and dear ones to BJP and RSS workers", he said. Unfortunately, the violence was going unchecked in the southern state. "We are here to mourn the killing of Rajesh, whose sacrifice will remain with with us and inspire every karyakarta".

"The game plan is clear - resort to provocative actions and uncalled for physical assaults against CPI-M workers and then cry that the CPI-M is resorting to violence and also blame the Kerala government for not stopping such attacks", the CPI-M said. "I am here to express my solidarity on behalf of our party", he added.

Jaitley said that instead, it would only increase the determination of the RSS workers to work harder against those indulging in violence.

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State BJP leaders, including president Kummanam Rajasekharan, accompanied the Union Finance minister.

The state had been witnessing a cycle of violence involving BJP-RSS and CPM workers with the capital district rocked by incidents of attacks on houses of rival partymen.

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

"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".

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