The Bhartiya Janta Party’s three day ‘Janaraksha Yatra’ has reached the native village of Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan but party chief Amit Shah remained absent.
Shah was scheduled to the yatra through chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s ancestral village as a show of strength in a state where the BJP has never come close to power.
The BJP chief could not re-join the yatra as he had to attend “unavoidable meetings in New Delhi,” according to party leaders.
Shah is scheduled to address the concluding session of the Yatra on October 17 at Thiruvananthapuram.
Mr. Rajashekharan, along with BJP leaders paid visit to slain RSS worker Remith’s house at Pinarayi. Remith was hacked to death allegedly by CPI(M) workers in October last year.
BJP ‘janaraksha yatra’ highlights:
5.00 pm: Hitting back at BJP and RSS, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the cycle of violence was started by the BJP the day assembly election results were announced in Kerala last year.
3:30 pm: Yogi Adityanath leading ‘Janaraksha Yatra’ in Kerala.
— BJP LIVE (@BJPLive) October 4, 2017
2.20 pm: “More than 20 murdered in CM’s district, it proves that the killers are being given protection,” Adityanath said.
2.00 pm: Meanwhile in Bhubaneswar, BJP workers protest against Kerala government and CPM over killings of BJP and RSS workers in Kerala.
12.30 pm: “Aaj Kerala ke Kasargod par guard of honour diya gaya (Today, (I) received guard of honour in Kerala’s Kasargod),” Adityanath wrote on Twitter.
आज केरल के कसारागोड पहुंचने पर गार्ड ऑफ ऑनर दिया गया। pic.twitter.com/TBrvvtmOCQ
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) October 4, 2017
12.00 pm: Meanwhile in New Delhi, BJP workers hold protest march to CPM office over killing of BJP and RSS workers in Kerala
11.45 am: On Tuesday, the CPI(M) took a dig at Adityanath saying he was welcome to visit Kerala Hospitals “to learn how to run Hospitals effectively!”
Humour: Cartoonist takes a dig at Yogi Adityanath
— MANJUL (@MANJULtoons) October 5, 2017
11.40 am: Speaking to media, Adityanath said, “This yatra is a mirror for communist governments in Kerala, West Bengal and Tripura. They should put an end to political killings.” He also said there is no place for violence in a democracy.
11.20 am: Around 2,000 policemen in Kannur for security management.
11.15 am: Yogi Adityanath joins BJP’s Jan Raksha Yatra rally in Kannur.
9.00 am: BJP workers in New Delhi will march to the CPI(M) headquarters in the capital every day until October 17, Shah said. He is also likely to be a part of one of the New Delhi marches on October 8.
8.50 am: At the end of the Tuesday’s march, Amit Shah addressed the cadres at Pilathara and said, “(Prime Minister) Narendra Modi has ended the politics casteism, dynasty and appeasement. And now you are going to end the communist politics of violence.”
8.40 am: BJP’s 15-day padayatra will span across 154 km, covering 11 districts of Kerala.
7:50 pm: This movement non-political. Wanted to stand with our workers and their families and make situation where there’s no further political violence: Amit Shah
7:46 pm: This movement will go on till October 17, also in Delhi and all state capitals. Then we will take out huge ‘Jan Sampark Abhiyan’ in Kerala, said Amit Shah.
7:41 pm: This Yatra has been organised to invoke awareness. 13 workers have been brutally murdered in a short span of time, said Amit Shah on Jana Raksha rally in Kannur.
6:04 pm: Brinda Karat said, “Manufacturing of lies is flourishing under PM Modi and Amit Shah.” “The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is not the victim, in fact a large number of CPI(M) cadres have been killed by the RSS. It wants to intimidate those who stand up against its terror tactics and communal hatred,” she alleged and added the Left, communists, and people of Kerala will “never allow it”.
6:03 pm: “Amit Shah is deliberately inciting violence against CPI(M) leaders and its workers. We are a recognised national party. We are here not because of Shah but because of the people. We will not tolerate this,” CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat said.
— BJP (@BJP4India) October 3, 2017
3.30 pm: Security tightened in Payyannur as Amit Shah begins his padayatra.
3.00 pm: Slogans raised against Pinarayi Vijayan at the BJP padayatra.
2.30 pm: The BJP official Twitter handle has put out a four-minute video highlighting the violence against the BJP and RSS workers.
1.30 pm: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will address the Janraksha yatra tomorrow.
1.20 pm: Communist party should introspect why they have been wiped off from the entire world: Amit Shah.
1.10 pm: Look at West Bengal’s and Tripura’s situation. Communists ruled here long. Peaceful Kerala is turning violent, communist ideology spreading here: Amit Shah.
1.05 pm: I tell you Pinarayi Vijayan that stains of the blood of 84 BJP/RSS workers are on your clothes…I want to ask champions of human rights why have you closed your eyes to Red Terror. Violence has no color: Amit Shah.
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) October 3, 2017
1.00 pm: Amit Shah flags off BJP’s 15-day padayatra.
12.50 pm: Amit Shah inaugurated a photo exhibition of BJP workers killed in Kannur.