RSS worker killed, as Amit Shah begins Kerala visit

RSS worker killed, as Amit Shah begins Kerala visit

A 32-year old RSS activist was killed when an unidentified gang attacked him in politically-volatile Kathirur near Thalassery in the district today.

Police identified the victim as E Manoj, a local office-bearer of RSS. The gang waylaid Manoj on a road, threw a country-made bomb at him and then hacked him to death before fleeing the area.

RSS-BJP leaders alleged that the CPI(M) was behind the killing and called for a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Kerala tomorrow.

Last year, a large number of BJP workers led by a prominent local leader had joined the CPI(M). In retaliation, the saffron party lured scores of CPI(M) workers to its camp last month.

The murder happened on BJP chief's maiden visit to Kerala.

On a mission to help BJP find foothold in Kerala, BJP chief Amit Shah today raked up the issue of "communal appeasement" to attack Congress' UDF and CPI(M)-led LDF, alleging they were only pursuing vote bank politics and "neglecting" the state's development.

Addressing a special convention of party functionaries right from grass roots level, he said this was evident from the "eagerness" shown by both the coalitions for the release of Kerala-based PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madani, facing trial in Bangalore bomb blasts case.

Recalling the BJP's central slogan of "Congress-free India", Shah said if this goal was to be achieved fully, Congress should be defeated in Kerala also and urged party workers to gear up to face the civic elections early next year and the assembly polls in 2016 in the state, where it has consistently failed to make electoral breakthrough.

Shah made it clear that his objective was to make the BJP stronger in all southern states, including Kerala and also Odisha, Assam and West Bengal.

Targeting both Congress and Left, he said, "When the LDF was in power, a resolution was passed by the state Assembly unanimously for Madani's release.

"Going a step further, the Congress Chief Minister (Ommen Chandy) went all the way to Bangalore to meet the PDP leader. Madani is actually a symbol of the politics of communal appeasement pursued by both the fronts."

Shah also said, "It is surprising" that Congress, while boasting of being secular, was having partnership with Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) in Kerala."

While failing to lead the state to development, these coalitions that alternated in power had also indulged in corruption and "scams are surfacing one by one", he alleged.

On the performance of the Narendra Modi Government in its first 100 days, he said the policy initiatives indicated the beginning of "good days ahead."

If the first things that the previous UPA regime did on coming to power was to repeal POTA as part of its "communal appeasement policy", one of the first steps of the present NDA Government was to make efforts to bring back black money stashed in banks abroad. This clearly shows the qualitative difference between the two ministries, he said.

Rubbishing the opposition charge that Modi Government had failed to rein in prices of essential commodities, Shah said the truth was that inflation index had come down from nine to six per cent.

Another pointer of the country going in the right direction was the growth rate touching 5.7 per cent and foreign investment crossing USD 320 million as revealed by recent statistics, he said.

Referring to the foreign policy, he said the decision to call off talks with Pakistan was a right one in view of the neighbouring country having parleys with separatists in Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier in the day, Shah addressed the BJP state committee members and exhorted them to stay united and work for strengthening the party in all tiers.

Shah, according to party sources, emphasised the need to strengthening unity in view of reports of factional trends in the state unit.

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