BJP wants to up the ante against the Left in Kerala. The party has chalked out a formula to woo the people in the state even as it wants to expand organisation network. To achieve this, BJP is banking big on its two of the most popular faces Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah. It has been learned that Shah may visit Kerala starting from June 2. He will spend 3 days, according to Indian Express report. The report also says that Shah has asked Union Ministers to visit the state and meet people and party activists. Apart from strengthening the party base at the grassroots level, BJP wants to capitalize on PM Modi’s popularity. “The party will focus on popularizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s schemes to strengthening the party in the state. Connecting Kerala to the national structure of the BJP will be an important part of the BJP strategy,” Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy told The Indian Express.
There is no love lost between BJP and the Left in the state and situation has turned ugly following alleged killing of party workers. Rudy had claimed that the “murder” of 14 BJP supporters in Kerala in recent months was extremely disturbing and accused Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan of failing to maintain law and order. The Minister, who will travel to Kerala this week to meet the family of an RSS activist killed in Kannur, said that it was a “clear case of institutional negligence”. RSS worker Choorakad Biju was hacked to death allegedly by CPI(M) activists at Payyanur town in Kannur that witnessed a series of clashes between the ruling CPI(M) and the RSS over the last one year. Kerala BJP even has demanded implementation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the violence-hit areas of Kannur.
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A three-member BJP delegation met the governor at the Raj Bhavan in Thiruvanathapuram and submitted a petition, seeking action on the killing of the RSS functionary. The delegation was led by former union minister and MLA O Rajagopal. A Raj Bhavan statement said the governor forwarded the petition to the chief minister, asking him to take “immediate necessary action to put a curb on such disturbing incidents.” “It is necessary to send a positive signal to peace-loving citizens of the state,” the statement said.
The delegation also sought implementation of AFSPA in the violence-hit areas of Kannur by declaring them as disturbed areas. The petition claimed that since the present LDF government came to power, the Sangh Parivar lost 14 of its core workers in nearly 500 attacks by workers of the ruling CPI(M). The petition also alleged that the state government was supporting the perpetrators of violence in Kannur district, the Raj Bhavan release added, as per PTI report.