After an RSS activist was allegedly murdered by some CPI-M workers in Kerala fuelling controversy, BJP leader and Union Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley visited the family of the deceased on Sunday and termed the killing as "most brutal".
"It is cruelty of a barbaric nature..."
Under pressure, Cheif Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had called for an all-party meeting last week. "In some cases, the police were not merely a spectator but an active collaborator", he said.
"Governments are elected to do good for the people", he said. "This type of ideology won't crush our ideology". The BJP state leadership will also discuss the medical college scam and the violence in the state with Mr Bhagawat, it is learnt. Speaking with reporters here, the senior BJP leader dismissed the contention that the BJP-RSS combine was "equally responsible" for the clashes and said when it came to ending political violence, the buck stopped with the ruling party and the state government. What is needed now is neutrality by police.
"We are the only political party in the country, which, as part of self-introspection, takes action, he said, adding that in several states, people have been caught for improprieties and parties were strongly trying to defend them". Jaitley asserted that such violence would not suppress the BJP, the RSS and others and would only increase the cadre's determination to work harder.
He was talking to newsmen after visiting the family of a RSS activist, killed by alleged CPIM workers.
The BJP has deputed Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to visit the state and assess the situation and he will arrive here on Sunday. The 31-year-old, who was found with 89 stab marks on his body, was an RSS worker since his boyhood.
Those who joined the protest included state CPM secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and LDF convener Vaikom Viswam. On their demand that the union minister meet them too, Jaitley said he was "absolutely prepared" to meet anyone.
"The kind of argument which is being propounded which I have read in a section of media that there are victims on all sides". A fake equivalence is being sought to be brought between perpetrators of the crimes and the victims.
"Kerala needs peace and it deserves peace", Jaitley added.