After meeting Rajesh's family members, Jaitley censured the brutal attack while addressing a meet and said that even an "enemy of a country doesn't do this". 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. He added that it will only increase their determination to work harder against those who are perpetuating this operation.
Jaitley said his visit was meant to "express solidarity with the victims, " and blamed the state police for remaining silent spectators to the violence.
"The BJP leadership is indulging in doublespeak on the clashes between CPI-M and BJP-RSS workers in Thiruvananthapuram district in Kerala", the Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M) said in a statement.
The slaying of RSS functionary Rajesh on July 29 was not the handiwork of the CPM as was being alleged, he told reporters here.
Union finance minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Sunday put the onus of ending the political violence in Kerala on the Pinarayi Vijayan-led government, adding that violence escalated every time a Left government came to power in the state.
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Asking for immediate action, Jaitley said: "It is the responsibility of the state to ensure that perpetrators of these crimes are brought to book". I assure our karyakartas and victims that the party will stand strongly behind them.
Jaitley offered to meet families of Left activists who too have suffered violence. In 2008, again under LDF rule, 12 persons were killed, with five workers each from the CPI (M) and the RSS-BJP being killed. Even the RSS threat to force the centre to dismiss the LDF government has evoked only ridicule from various corners. "Hence, as a representative of the Union government, he should have shown the courtesy of visiting those who were killed by the RSS", said the CPM state secretary.
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.
State BJP leaders, including president Kummanam Rajasekharan, accompanied the Union Finance minister.
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. They had apprised him of the arrests made in the murder case.