The RSS and the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre opened a combined front against the CPI-M led LDF government in Kerala over its alleged failure to prevent the killings of Sangh Parivar workers by Left-wing activists in the state.
Both the RSS and BJP leadership have hit out at Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, terming the reported killing of RSS and BJP workers as political murder and the government’s failure to control law and order. The BJP has also expressed its dissatisfaction over the CM's peace initiative calling it a mere sham.
The BJP central leadership has already deputed Union Minister Arun Jaitley to visit the house of the slain RSS leader Rajesh in Kerala allegedly hacked to death by Left activists last Saturday. Jaitley will reach Kerala on Sunday and also visit the houses of party councilors in Thiruvananthpuram whose houses have come under attack in recent months.
In its latest attack on Vijayan, the RSS on Friday indicated complicity of the state government in what it called the spate of ‘political violence’ involving the killings of 14 RSS workers by CPI-M activists since October 2016.
“Fourteen RSS workers have been killed since October 2016 and the Kerala government is doing nothing. The government should fulfill its constitutional responsibilities and check this political violence. There should be a judicial inquiry by either a judge of high court or Supreme Court in the murders of RSS workers in the state,” RSS joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale said at a press conference at the state press club.
Hosabale charged the state government with shielding the Left activists and inaction on the part of the police by not collecting the evidence and recording the dying statements of RSS and BJP cadres needed to nail the culprits involved in ‘political murder’. The Sangh has demanded an inquiry by an independent agency into the killings of its cadres in Kerala.
“Our workers are targeted as more common and poor people are joining the RSS which is not going down well with the ruling CPI(M) that’s why they are killing our workers…These are not just murders but are political killings,” Hosabale charged.
He said the RSS has no ‘personal enmity’ with anyone and wanted to know if its workers did not have any right to work for their organisation in Kerala. “The state-sponsored violence won’t be tolerated… The Kerala government has been misusing the state police and we have no faith. Let an independent body probe the cases,” the senior RSS leader demanded.
Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the state chief secretary and police chief to submit a ‘detailed report’ on the alleged ‘brutal killings’ of party workers within four weeks.
“The brutal killings of the party workers are indicative of the growing rivalry among the workers of different parties and poor state of law and order situation in Kerala. There is an urgent need to curb the ongoing violence which amounts to violation of rights to life of the victims,” the NHRC said.