As union minister Arun Jaitley embarked on a visit to Kerala, relatives of 21 people, killed in political attacks, held a satyagarha in front of the Raj Bhavan Sunday morning. Jaitley was in Kerala to meet the kin of slain RSS activist, Rajesh, and some of the BJP workers whose houses were attacked allegedly by CPM.
The family members of slain CPM workers staged the dharna demanding that the union minister visit their homes too and listen to their woes. Annavoor Nagappan, Thiruvananthapuram district secretary of CPM, which organized the demonstration, said the RSS and the BJP were indulging in “false propaganda” that the Marxist party heading the ruling LDF was indulging in violence.
The slaying of RSS functionary Rajesh on July 29 was not the handiwork of the CPM as was being alleged, he told reporters here. “We are deeply pained by his death,” he said. “Jaitley, who is a central minister, should also visit the houses of CPM workers who have been killed in attacks,” he added.
Nagappan had also written an open letter to Jaitley on the alleged ‘double standards’ of the BJP on the issue of attacks. CPM’s state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan alleged that incidents of political violence had increased only after the visit of BJP president Amit Shah in early June.
The BJP was implementing “Amit Shah’s plan” in the state by engaging in violence, Balakrishnan alleged. President of Eranholi grama panchayat in Kannur, A.K. Remya, has also written to Jaitley on the plight of her husband who is undergoing treatment for the past one month following an attack allegedly by RSS cadres.
Jaitley also visited the homes of councilors whose residences suffered damage in the recent violence involving rival party workers. An all party meeting called by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan is also scheduled to be held Sunday evening.
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 in the past few days. The state BJP office was vandalized on July 28. Governor P. Sathasivam had summoned Vijayan and the state police chief over the law and order situation in the wake of the violence in the state.