Acts of political violence won’t deter party members: Arun Jaitley on Kerala RSS worker’s murder

August 6, 2017 by  
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India, August 6, 2017: Union minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said acts of political violence like the murder of RSS worker Rajesh Edavakode+ was deeply condemnable, but it will not deter the party cadres from continuing with their work+ .

“This kind of violence will neither suppress ideology in Kerala nor it will be able to scare our workers. It will only increase their determination to work harder against those who are perpetuating this operation,” Jaitley said at a ceremony paying tribute to the slain RSS activist in Thiruvananthapuram.

Earlier in the day, Jaitley had met with the grieving family members+ of Edavakode, who was killed during a clash between CPM and BJP-RSS cadres in Kozhikode. The senior BJP leader condoled the deceased, saying he’d been “slaughtered in the most barbaric manner”.

Jaitley’s visit is widely seen as an attempt by the BJP to bring to national focus the issue of alleged increasing attacks on party cadres by the CPM.

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

The RSS said that in the last 13 months, 14 of its workers have been killed in the state, and urged the Central and state government to take strict action towards bringing this series of murders to an end.

“Centre must intervene in state sponsored violence in Kerala. The government should fulfill its constitutional responsibilities and check this political violence,” RSS joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale on Friday.

Police has so far detained eight suspects were in connection with Edavakode’s murder.

To counter the BJP, the CPM organised a dharna of relatives of 21 party workers allegedly killed by RSS -BJP activists in the district and demanded Jaitley to visit them too.

CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan alleged that political violence had increased in the state after the visit of BJP President Amit Shah in early June.

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has condemned the murder and called for an all-party meeting on August 6 regarding the same.

– times of india

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