BJP chief Amit Shah launches 'padyatra' against CPI(M) 'violence' in Kerala

Marie Harrington
October 4, 2017

"The chief minister's district, Kannur, is a minefield of such political murders because since he has taken over power this time, already 14 political activists have been killed in extremely brutal ways", he said.

The choice of the end points is significant, because Kannur and Thiruvananthapuram districts have witnessed the majority of political murders that have rocked Kerala.

The presence of ministers like Nirmala Sitharaman, Ananth Kumar, Dharmendra Pradhan, Giriraj Singh, Smriti Irani, J.P. Nadda, V.K. Singh, and Kerala's own Alphons Kannanthanam is expected to send a message to the people of the state - that the BJP is giving a lot of importance to the coastal state.

Amit Shah launches a yatra in Kerala to target the CPI (M) govt with BJP accusing the party of being on a killing spree against its workers. Incidents of political violence occur only in areas where RSS-BJP cadre operate, Kodiyeri alleged.

Ahead of the launch of the yatra, Union minister Prakash Javadekar, while addressing a press conference on Monday accused the Left party of being on a killing spree against its workers.

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Joining the rally, hundreds of BJP workers, mostly from Kannur and Kasargod districts, raised slogans against political violence under the CPI (M)-led LDF government. "Satyagrahas will be staged in all state capitals from Wednesday till October 17", said the BJP chief. "Against Jihadi-Red Terror" began from the Gandhi statue here this afternoon where Shah hit out at Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan over the "political killings".

Recalling the contributions of renowned social reformers from Kerala like Sri Narayana Guru, Adi Shankaracharya and Chattambiswamikal, Shah said the region had historically been peace-loving.

This is the reason that the BJP is protesting against them but in a democratic way and the party also wants that the entire country should be made aware of the prevailing situation in Kerela.

Mr Shah will rejoin the yatra on October 5 at Pinarayi, the chief minister's home village which hosted the first official meeting of the Communist Party of India in 1939.

It also underlines the charge that non-BJP governments like in Kerala do not act against Islamist fundamentalism, and is part of BJP's efforts to boost its profile and electoral prospects in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

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