BJP's 15-day march in Kerala to take on CPI(M)

Marie Harrington
October 4, 2017

Several political killings on both sides have been reported from the southern state since the CPI (M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) Government came to power in May, 2016, with both sides blaming each other for the violence. Of that, 84 persons are from the Kerala CM's district.

As many as 120 BJP workers have been killed in the state since 2001 with 14 of them in the Chief Minister's home town since he took over the reigns a year ago, the BJP has alleged.

On Monday, while chalking out the details of the rally to reporters in Delhi, Union human resource minister Prakash Javadekar said, "CPM has become Communist Party of Maoists", drawing parallels between the alleged use of violence by the Communists and Maoist insurgents.

During his yatra in Kerala, BJP president Amit Shah should "raise consciousness" on political violence against CPI (M) workers as much as against his party cadres for his "mission" to be of some success ("Amit Shah to lead BJP march in Kerala", October 3). It will be BJP's first major public demonstration in Kerala as it attempts to make inroads into the state's electoral politics. "Through this yatra, the party will apprise people of the country about the inhuman acts of Leftists in Kerala". The march will conclude in Thiruvananthapuram on October 17.

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Shah said the march was a non-violent protest against political killings. He also accused the CPI (M) of "murder politics", claiming that it had become desperate due to the BJP's growing popularity.

BJP's "jan raksha padyatra" was launched in Kannur's Payyannur that happens to be CM Vijayan's home town. BJP chief is now in Kannur to launch a fortnight-long march, called Jan Raksha Yatra, by the party in the state to protest alleged political violence by the Left party.

"Each march will be attended by senior BJP members and union ministers", a BJP source said.

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. On Wednesday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will be the chief attraction. Many in the BJP thus view it as a direct challenge to the CPI (M)'s most powerful leader.

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