CPM using cadres to 'eliminate' Kerala rivals, says Jaitley

Aaron Brown
August 7, 2017

Jaitely is also slated to visit some of the BJP workers whose houses were attacked allegedly by CPM in recent days. 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.

A series of clashes between CPM and BJP-RSS activists had rocked Thiruvanathauram last week, in which a 34-year-old RSS leader was murdered in Kozhikode.

After the issue surfaced in the media, the BJP dismissed R S Vinod, convener of BJPs co-operative cell in the state, whose name was mentioned in the purported party report. "Governments are elected to do good for the people", the BJP leader said adding "but in Kerala, the ruling party is perpetrating violence on the people. The centre wants to prove that the entire system of law and order in the state has been thrown out of balance and that was the reason why a bevy of BJP leaders have been trooping into the state campaigning against a democratically-elected government", said Balakrishnan. "The Union minister should realize that the lives of CPM workers were as precious as those of RSS workers". Jaitley also directed the party cadres to provide sufficient help and rehabilitation to the slain activists Rajesh and Vishnu.

While political murders take place across Kerala, the northern district of Kannur remains the core arena of political violence in the state. "The houses of our workers are being attacked and quite a few them are getting injured in the attacks", said Jaitley.

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On Friday, the National Human Rights Commission had sent notices to the Kerala government and the director general of police about the gruesome political violence in the state, PTI reported. The BJP, he said, was implementing "Amit Shah's plan" in Kerala by attacking party strongholds.

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 addressed a commemorative meeting after his meeting with the family saying that there was a saga of political violence in Kerala.

"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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