BJP National President Shri Amit Shah on 03 October, 2017 flagged off the Janaraksha Yatra in Kerala where he lashed out at the ruling CPM and blamed it for supporting political violence in the state. “End of CPM will herald the end of political violence,” Shri Shah said.
Shri Shah joined the march from Payyannur to Pilathara where he had also addressed the public in the afternoon. Shri Amit Shah joined the march for a total distance of 21 km of the 42 km stretch of the Yatra in the Kannur district.
As many as 120 BJP and RSS workers had been murdered in Kerala since 2001, Shri Shah said asking the CPI-M-led LDF government to let the people know who was responsible for the killings.
‘I am asking Chief Minister Vijayan, who has killed BJP and RSS workers in Kerala. If he does not have answers, then I am saying that Chief Minister Vijayan is himself responsible for the killings,’ he said.
He further asserted that communism was shrinking in India and across the world. “Wherever CPM ruled, be it Kerala, West Bengal or Tripura, political violence followed,” he said. He also called out to BJP workers to end the violence in the state.
Shri Amit Shah flagged off the ‘Janaraksha Yatra’ with the theme “All have to live! Against Jihadi-Red Terror” from the Gandhi statue in Payyannur, in the district of Kannur and being led by the party’s State President Shri Kummanam Rajashekhharan.
Shri Amit Shah said intolerance was ‘hotly debated’ during elections. He spoke against “selective” intolerance, saying it was hotly debated during elections but not taken up when BJP workers were killed in Kerala and West Bengal. Selective intolerance was not good for democracy, Shri Shah told Karyakartas.
He said, “When our workers are killed in Kerala or West Bengal, when atrocities take place against them, when Kashmiri Pandits are evicted, then intolerance is not talked about. But whenever we approach elections, intolerance is hotly debated. “If there’s no consistency in raising the issue of intolerance then no one has any right to raise it,” he said.
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.
Shri Amit Shah also announced a two-week ‘Padyatra’ in all state capitals from tomorrow against the CPM’s alleged targeting of his party’s workers.
The BJP President on a three-day visit to the state led the march after paying floral tributes at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi. The march will pass through several parts of Kerala before concluding in state capital Thiruvananthapuram on 17 October, 2017.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Yogi Adityanath also joined the march on 04 October from Keecheri near Kalliasseri to Kannur, Vijayan’s hometown and the hub of the political violence.
Offers prayers at Rajarajeswara Temple
BJP President Shri Amit Shah offered prayers at the famous Rajarajeswara Temple in Taliparamba.
Shri Shah arrived at Mangalore airport early this morning and reached at the temple by road from Bakel. Shri Shah was accompanied by state BJP leaders.
After arrival Shri Shah was received by temple authorities. The BJP President, spent around 30 minutes at the temple, offered a golden pot to the deity.
The Rajarajeswara Temple at Taliparamba is a famous Shiva temple in North Malabar. After offering prayers, Shri Shah proceeded to Payyannur to launch the 15-day march in the state against the alleged ‘red terrorism’ unleashed by the Left party against BJP and Sangh parivar workers.
Highlights of Janaraksha Yatra
-Shri Amit Shah flags off The ‘Janraksha Yatra’ from the Gandhi statue in Payyannur (Kannur)
-This Janraksha Yatra is to protest against the political violence by the Left party.
-Shri Amit Shah announces Padyatra in all state capitals against CPM violence
-Addressing a rally in the CPM bastion, also the home town of Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, he held Vijayan responsible for the violence in the state.
-BJP workers were victims of “political murders”, he added.
-He said BJP would use democratic means to fight Left rule in the state.
-He said, “CPM leader and Kerala Chief Minister Vijayan is directly responsible for all political murders in Kerala”.
-As many as 120 BJP workers, 84 in Kannur alone, have been killed in the state since 2001.
-14 people were killed in Kannur since the CPM came to power last year, he said .