Pinarayi Vijayan slams BJP over Jana Raksha Yatra in Kerala

Trevor Jackson
October 6, 2017

Bharatiya Janata Party's "Janaraksha Yatra" has reached Pinarayi, native village of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, sans Amit Shah on Thursday.

But all this came to nought as Kummanam Rajasekharan, State BJP president and yatra leader, announced to a stunned gathering of party workers at Mambaram that Shah would not join them since he had left for Delhi.

The campaign, a show of strength by the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, is meant to highlight alleged violence by CPI-M cadres on BJP and RSS supporters.

Union Minister of State (Finance) Shivprasad Shukla, Kerala superstar and BJP MP Suresh Gopi and party General Secretary Arun Singh are among those taking part in the yatra.

Expecting Shah's participation, security was tightened along the road and hundreds of policemen were deployed at key points.

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Indian Express reported that on Wednesday, the BJP president was expected to attend programmes in Mangalore, which, too, were cancelled.

However, a report in the Deccan Herald had said that the visit was postponed as the RSS believed that the state BJP leaders are not committed to strengthening the party. Amit Shah inaugurated the same on Tuesday while Yogi Adityanath led it on Wednesday. He said his party would use democratic means to fight Left rule in the state.

A day before, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath led the rally and raised a controversy that the Kerala government is supporting jihadi elements. The reference was to the death of many children at a hospital in August this year in the UP chief minister's home town Gorakhpur, some allegedly because oxygen ran out.

The theme of the march is "All have to live!" Both CPM and RSS-BJP have lost cadre to political violence in Kannur but the number of dead are nearly evenly matched, indicating that these two outfits are engaged in a chilling tit-for-tat murder spree.

According to the Newspaper, The BJP leadership tested Yogi's charisma in Kerala where the saffron brigade is trying hard to gain a foothold.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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