BJP Jan Raksha Yatra in Kerala: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday tore into CPI-M led state government over the "political killings" of BJP-RSS workers.
BJP Jan Raksha Yatra in Kerala: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday tore into CPI-M led state government over the “political killings” of BJP-RSS workers in the state. According to ANI, Adityanath said violence is increasing under CM Pinarayi Vijayan government and an environment of “Jihadi terrorism” is growing in Kerala.
Adityanath reached Kerala on Wednesday for the first time as CM of Uttar Pradesh to take part in BJP’s Jan Raksha Yatra – a rally intended to expose the CPI-M, which the BJP accuses of promoting violence. Adityanath also targeted other states like West Bengal and Kerala. According to ANI, the Uttar Pradesh CM said the BJP rally aims to show a mirror to governments of West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura, who speaks of democracy but in reality believe in violence.
“Political killings are taking place in the state. Especially, the way the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and RSS workers are being targeted, we are here to create awareness in the regard. Through this road show, we are trying to show mirror to the government of Kerala, west Bengal and Tripura. We, through this initiative, want that these governments repent and introspect their deeds and stop violence. Killings of innocent people should stop,” the Uttar Pradesh CM said.
The BJP rally will pass through 11 of the 14 districts of Kerala and end in capital Thiruvananthapuram on October 17. On Wednesday, Adityanath was joined by Kerala BJP unit president Kummanam Rajashekharan in the seven-kilometre march.
Talking to PTI, Adityanath said, “There is no scope for political violence in a democracy but unfortunately Kerala, God’s own land, is witnessing politically sponsored violence.”
“With this yatra we will make people aware about the misrule of the CPI(M). People are also coming out in huge numbers in support of this,” he added.
First Post reported that CPM cadres are angry with BJP’s Jan Raksha Yatra as it is projecting Kerala as a “land of terror and their party as perpetrator of the terror.” CPI-M leaders told First Post that the propaganda by BJP would “malign” the image of the state as well as that of the CPI-M across the country.
On Tuesday, BJP president Amit Shah had launched the ‘Jan Raksha Yatra’ (people’s protection march) from Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s home town in Kannur district. A number of Union ministers will also participate in the march under the theme of ‘All have to live! Against Jihadi-Red Terror’.
BJP alleges that as many as 120 BJP workers, 84 in Kannur alone, have been killed in the state since 2001.