The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah who is currently in Kerala will launch his 15-day statewide “padayatra” (foot march) from Payyannur in Kannur district of Kerala on October 3 to expose the ruling CPI(M)’s “red terrorism” and “political fascism” in the state, a senior leader of the saffron party was quoted saying by PTI on Saturday evening. Amit Shah will take part in the yatra for two days when it will pass through CPI(M)-dominated areas in Kannur district, which has been witnessing political violence.
Apart from the BJP president, Union ministers and other senior party leaders would also take part in the “janaraksha yatra”, which will be led by state party chief Kummanam Rajasekharan, BJP national executive member V Muraleedharan confirmed. Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Irani, Ananth Kumar, Dharmendra Pradhan, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Mahesh Sharma, V K Singh and Alphons Kannanthanam were among those expected to take part in the yatra on different days.
This march will be conducted in 11 of the 14 districts of the southern state, Muraleedharan, the coordinator of the yatra, said. “The CPI(M)’s aim is not to allow anyone make inroads into their bastion and to annihilate such people. This is the root cause behind the majority of political killings in the state. The padayatra will expose the intolerance and political fascism of the Marxist party and infuse confidence among the public,” the BJP leader said.
“Amit Shah will take part in the march for three days. He will walk through Pinarayi in Kannur, the hometown of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan,” Muraleedharan said, adding that the BJP chief would also be present on the concluding day of the march here on October 17.