Amit Shah in Kerala: Amit Shah will kick off the march from Payyannur in Kannur which is Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s home town, and it will wind through the state before ending in Thiruvananthapuram on October 17.
BJP President Amit Shah will launch 15-day ‘jan raksha yatra’ (people’s protection march) in Kannur district of Kerala today. Shah will kick off the march from Payyannur in Kannur which is Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s home town, and it will wind through the state before ending in Thiruvananthapuram on October 17. Several Union ministers including Ananth Kumar, Smriti Irani, Giriraj Singh, V K Singh, Dharmendra Pradhan and Prakash Javadekar will also participate in the march, reported the Indian Express.
Ahead of the Lok Sabha poll in 2019, the march which would be part on foot and part in vehicles, is being seen as the BJP’s push to emerge as a strong force in the state, reported the Indian Express. In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the party managed to fetch over 10 percent votes while it got close to 15 percent of vote share in the assembly poll in 2016, as per the report.
Meanwhile making the announcement about the march, Union minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday accused the CPI(M) of ‘murder politics’. He claimed that the party had become desperate due to the saffron party’s growing popularity in the state and therefore had started state-sponsored violence against its workers. Javadekar was quoted as saying, “The CPI(M) is desperate and on a killing spree. It is doing murder politics in its desperation and people, including from the CPI(M), are joining the BJP. We will use democratic means to answer its violence.” He added, “We are getting huge public support. It will be a historic march.”