April 23, 2018

Vijayan responsible for violence in Kerala: Amit Shah

04 October 2017, 12:30 | Marta Robbins

BJP President Amit Shah will launch 15-day ‘jan raksha yatra’ in Kannur district of Kerala today

BJP President Amit Shah will launch 15-day ‘jan raksha yatra’ in Kannur district of Kerala today

"The bloodstains of more than 120 BJP and RSS workers killed in political violence in Kerala are on your (Vijayan's) clothes".

Over 600 arrests have been made by Kerala police in the district of Kannur over the past 12 months.

As many as 120 BJP workers have been killed in the state since 2001 with 14 of them in the Chief Minister's home town since he took over the reigns past year, the BJP has alleged.

Meanwhile, a heated war of words sparked off between the Pinarayi Vijayan and union minister Prakash Javadekar over the latter's remarks on Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPM) and its rule in Kerala.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) vice-president Amit Shah on Tuesday flagged off the Janaraksha Yatra in Kerala where he lashed out at the ruling CPM and blamed it for supporting political violence in the state.

The BJP is desperately trying to up its political profile in Kerala, where the two main traditional fronts are led by the CPI-M and the Congress. "We shall continue fighting through peaceful means and I assure BJP cadres that the lotus will certainly bloom in Kerala and the party will form government in the state", he said.

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Recalling the contributions of renowned social reformers from Kerala like Sri Narayana Guru, Adi Shankaracharya and Chattambiswamikal, Shah said the region had historically been peace-loving.

Media has reported that the BJP march will go past the home of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in the latter's hometown in Kannur on Oct 5.

The BJP, which has just one member in the 140-seat Kerala Assembly, is highlighting the issue of political killings through this Yatra. Addressing the party workers in the CPI (M) bastion, the BJP chief said he would not rest in peace till the "murderers of his karyakartas are brought to justice". The march is expected to travel through the state before culminating in Thiruvananthapuram on October 17.

Shah targeted Community Party saying they should introspect why they have been wiped off from the entire world and now getting wiped in the country too.

This Yatra will start on Wednesday from Delhi BJP office and will be joined by party Vice President Delhi Incharge Shyam Jaju, and Union Minister Jitender Singh and will conclude with a sit-in and demonstration at the CPM office at Bhai Veer Singh Marg in central Delhi. The attack took place around 9:30pm when the BJP workers were decorating a part of the National Highway 66 for the march.

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