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Arun Jaitley slams LDF government in Kerala for failing to curb political violence

He was addressing a rally soon after meeting the family members of the slain RSS worker Rajesh. Photograph: (ANI)

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 06, 2017, 10.36 AM (IST)

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, today, slammed the ruling LDF government in Kerala for the rise in political violence in the state.

Jaitley, who met the family members of slain RSS worker Rajesh Edavakode who was killed allegedly by CPI-M workers, said that awards would have been returned and campaigns started had such an attack happened in a BJP-ruled state.  

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Calling the attack on RSS worker barbaric, he said that even enemies won't inflict such brutality as those who are involved in the murder. He also added that such incidents will not suppress the party's ideology in Kerala.

"Even enemies would not be as brutal as those who are involved in the murder.I visited the family of our deceased karyakarta, who was slaughtered in the most barbaric manner...he was an ideal karyakarta..This kind of violence will neither suppress ideology in Kerala nor it will be able to scare our workers. It will only increase their determination to work harder against those who are perpetuating this operation," Jaitley said.

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The union minister asked the state government to take swift action against recurrence of such incidents, ANI reported.

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Kerala has been rocked by political clashes between CPI-M and BJP-RSS workers over the last one month in which 34-year old Rajesh lost his life.

Both RSS and BJP have asked for strict action against the perpetrators.

RSS joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale said that the Centre must intervene in the matter.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh had urged Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan to curb the political violence in the state.

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