Jaitley calls RSS worker's murder 'barbaric'

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Meanwhile, members of Communist Party of India (Marxist) staged protest outside Raj Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram against BJP's alleged attempts to exaggerate the political violence in the state as a means "to defame the CPM in the national front".

Union finance minister Arun Jaitely on Sunday met family members of slain RSS functionary E Rajesh, a victim of political violence in Kerala, at his house in Sreekaryam near Thiruvananthapuram. "All these people who are sitting here have lost their near and dear ones to BJP and RSS workers", he said. However, the violence in the state is retaliatory.

The CPM paraded family members of 21 party workers who were killed in different political attacks involving the RSS and the BJP over a period of time and demanded that Jaitley visit their families as well. Even the enemy of the country doesn't do it, " he said, adding that the Central leadership of the BJP would stand with the party workers in Kerala in the hour of crisis. It was the most brutal murder and we will not forget this heinous act. I assure our karyakartas and victims that the party will stand strongly behind them.

"These perpetrators of violence should remember one thing that our organisation and political party survived generations despite these kind of violence".

Jaitely is also slated to visit some of the BJP workers whose houses were attacked allegedly by CPM in recent days. "It will only increase their determination to work harder against those who are perpetuating this operation", Jaitley said.

The state BJP office was vandalised on July 28.

BJP MPs had visited the Union home minister Rajnath Singh seeking the Centre's intervention.

State Governor P Sathasivam had on July 30 summoned Chief Minister Vijayan and state police chief Loknath Behra to ascertain the action taken in the backdrop of the murder of Rajesh and other violent incidents. They had apprised him of the arrests made in the murder case. Over the last 17 years, 85 CPI (M) workers, 65 RSS/BJP workers and 11 people from the Congress and the IUML have been killed in Kerala, all of them in incidents of political rivalry. The issue was raised in both houses of parliament by BJP top leaders expressing their deep concerns over the issue of political killings in Kerala.

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