I&B Min­is­ter Slams Ker­ala Govt for At­tacks on RSS Work­ers Irani says CPM-led state govt not tak­ing ac­tion as it is po­lit­i­cally ben­e­fi­cial; Jait­ley to visit dead RSS worker’s house on Sun­day

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing min­is­ter Sm­riti Irani on Thurs­day said it is very ev­i­dent that the CPM-led Ker­ala gov­ern­ment is not tak­ing ef­fec­tive ac­tion to curb vi­o­lence on Rashtriya Swayam­se­vak Sangh (RSS) work­ers as it is po­lit­i­cally ben­e­fi­cial for the party.

"It is a shame that law and or­der has com­pletely bro­ken down in the state," the min­is­ter said while re­spond­ing on the is­sue of killing of RSS work­ers in Ker­ala, an is­sue that BJP lead­ers are rais­ing in a big way.

A se­ries of clashes be­tween CPM and BJP-RSS ac­tivists had rocked Thiru­vanathau­ram last week, which cul­mi­nated in the killing of Ra­jesh, a 34year-old RSS ac­tivist in the state cap­i­tal Thiruvananthapuram. On Satur­day, Ra­jesh was on his way home af­ter at­tend­ing an RSS meet­ing, when he was at­tacked by a group.

Ra­jesh later died fol­low­ing which the BJP called for a dawn-to-dusk har­tal on Sun­day. BJP na­tional gen­eral sec­re­tary Bhu­pen­dra Ya­dav said the state and district lead­ers of CPM in­dulge in open ex­hor­ta­tions of vi­o­lence and many in the po­lice are be­have like CPM party cadre. "More than 80 of our sway­se­vaks and BJP work­ers were phys­i­cally at­tacked. Peo­ple are liv­ing in con­stant fe- ar. Even the Sri Kr­ishna Jayan­thi pro­ces­sions were at­tacked at Kakkayan­gad. CPM lead­ers stood at the front to see that the Shobay­a­tras across the district gets van­dalised."

Mean­while, the Ker­ala gov­ern­ment has de­cided to call an all-party meet on Sun­day and also hold sev­eral dis­trictlevel bi­lat­eral meet­ings be­tween the CPM and the BJP/RSS be­fore Sun­day.

Ya­dav, how­ever, said such out­reach ef­forts of the CPM gov­ern­ment can­not be trusted. "Th­ese are peo­ple who com­mit mur­ders bla­tantly. There have been 17 mur­ders in the last 17 months."

RSS for over two years has been run­ning a cam­paign to bring to the light the killings and in Fe­bru­ary had or­gan­ised protests in over 150 places across the coun­try.

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