Amit Shah launches 'padyatra', Yogi Adityanath to join tomorrow
Payyanur (Kerala): BJP chief Amit Shah today announced a 'padyatra' in all state capitals against CPM's alleged targeting of his party workers and questioned Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan over the political violence in the state.
Inaugurating the 'Janraksha Yatra' led by Kerala BJP president Kummanam Rajasekharan here in the north Kerala town, Shah also questioned the silence of human rights activists on the issue of "political violence" allegedly unleashed by CPM workers against the BJP and RSS workers in the Left-ruled state.
"From Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Gujarat to Assam, BJP workers will take out padyatra in every state capital to protest against the Marxist violence, he said. "Wherever the Left rules, that state has history of political violence", Shah said.
The Jan Raksha Yatra (people's protection march) from Payyannur will travel through the state before culminating in Thiruvananthapuram on October 17.
The CPM has, in turn, accused the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) of resorting to violence and denied the involvement of its government and leadership in political killings.
Shah started his visit by offering prayers at Rajarajeswara Temple at Taliparamba, a famous Shiva temple in North Malabar.
After offering prayers, Shah proceeded to Payyannur to launch the 15-day march in the state against the alleged "red terrorism" allegedly unleashed by the Left party against BJP and Sangh parivar workers.
Various BJP Union Ministers are expected to walk with the 'yatra' every day. On Wednesday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will be the chief attraction.
After a day's visit to Karnataka on Wednesday, Shah will return to Kerala on Thursday and walk 12 km, including past the home of the Chief Minister. He will then address a BJP gathering at Thalassery.
The BJP has only one member in the 140-member Kerala Assembly.