Jaitely met the bereaved family members of Rajesh who was hacked to death allegedly by the Marxist–sponsored goons. The Finance Minister also talked to the three-year-old son of Rajesh and his aged parents.
“I visited the kin of our deceased karyakarta Rajesh who was slaughtered in the most barbaric manner,” Arun Jaitley told reporters after meeting the widow, son and parents of Rajesh. “You find rival political workers involved in this exercise. We are here to mourn Rajesh's death,” he said.
A couple of days ago RSS Sah-Sarkaryawah Dattatreya Hosabale addressed a press conference in New Delhi and highlighted the sorry state of law and order in Kerala where Marxist cadre fatally attacked the RSS activists. HOsabale also demanded a judicial inquiry into these attacks.
Jaitley’s visit comes against this background and is seen as an attempt of the BJP to bring this issue of alleged increasing Marxist violence against the RSS-BJP workers to the national focus.
Kerala BJP President Kummanam Rajasekharan and other leaders accompanied Union Minister during his visit. They explained to the Minister the concern expressed by the family members including the widow of 34-year-old Rajesh who was brutally killed on July 29 allegedly by the CPM activists.
The BJP accused the ruling CPM of instigating this attack and the CPM rejected the accusation. The BJP members have raised this issue of violence in Kerala in the Parliament alleging that Kerala has become a killing field under the CPM rule.
Jaitley arrived at Thiruvananthapuram by a special plane to take an on the spot account of the situation prevailing in the state. He is expected to submit his report to the Union Government after his return.
The Union Finance Minister is also expected to visit some of the party workers whose houses were allegedly attacked by the CPM in the recent days.
It may be mentioned that the RSS leadership has demanded imposition of Central Rule in the state in view of the ‘fallen law and order’ situation under the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
Following the gruesome murder of Rajesh on July 29, the state Governor P Sathasivam had summoned the State Chief Minister Vijayan and Police Chief Loknath Behra and directed them to take action to stop recurrence of such incidents.
The CPM has blamed the RSS and BJP for spreading false propaganda on political violence and defaming the Communist Party of India (Marxist). The CPM alleged that 21 of its activists were killed by the RSS-BJP workers and organised a dharna demanding Jaitley should visit them also.
According to news channel NDTV, families of CPM workers who died in political violence in Kerala protested outside the Raj Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram today as Union Minister Arun Jaitley met the family of the RSS worker who was brutally killed last week.
According to The Hindu newspaper, the CPI (M) state Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan alleged that political violence had increased in the state after the visit of BJP President Amit Shah in early June. The BJP was implementing “Amit Shah’s plan” in the state by allegedly attacking party strongholds, Balakrishnan charged.
Incidentally, the Chief Minister has convened an all- party meeting Sunday evening.
According to State Crime Records Bureau, since 1991, 45 CPM workers and 42 RSS-BJP workers have been killed allegedly by political rivals in Kannur. Police records say 50 CPM and 44 RSS workers have been killed since 2006.
“Since Feb 2016 -July 2017, 4 CPM and 10 RSS/BJP activists have been killed,” the police record said, according to NDTV.
Since the Left coalition came to power in Kerala last year, several such peace meetings have been held in Kannur and Thiruvananthapuram and village-level meetings in Kannur by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.