BJP’s 15-day padayatra will span across 154 km, covering 11 districts of Kerala.
BJP president Amit Shah embarked on a closely watched Jan Raksha Yatra from Kannur in Kerala on Tuesday and walked a fair bit of distance through a land that has earned notoriety for the unending series of political murders. Shah had to return to the capital for emergency meetings.
The presence of yatris holding placards with slogans in English points to the detailed planning by the organizers to ensure the widest possible coverage.
Highlights of the yatra:
The yatra is being seen as the saffron party’s push to emerge as a potent force in Kerala ahead of the Lok Sabha poll in 2019. Always a marginal force in Kerala, the BJP has steadily gained in strength there since the 2014 Lok Sabha poll when it fetched over 10% votes, and got close to 15 per cent of vote share in the Assembly poll in 2016. It won only one seat but it was its maiden entry to the Assembly.
On the second day of Yatra, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath joined the rally from Kannur to protest against the “murder of party workers”. During the rally, CM Adityanath said, “This yatra is a mirror for communist governments in Kerala, West Bengal and Tripura. They should put an end to political killings.There is no place for violence in a democracy
He also condemned rise of ‘love jihad’ in the state.
However, As the media frenzy heighteds over UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s visit to Kerala, the CPI(M) took to twitter to troll Yogi with some snark .
In a tweet, the CPI(M) countered the BJP’s celebration of Yogi Adityanath with the words, “We invite UP CM Yogi to visit Kerala Hospitals to learn how to run Hospitals effectively!”
We invite UP CM Yogi to visit Kerala Hospitals to learn how to run Hospitals effectively! https://t.co/SzNsMVCDp8
— CPI (M) (@cpimspeak) October 3, 2017
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.
CPI(M) stands for uplifting the most backward in India and upholding of India’s vibrant pluralism. That makes the BJP most uncomfortable.
— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) October 4, 2017
Kerala Chief Minister Punarai Vijayan lashed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and RSS.
Pinarayi on Thursday said that the BJP had claimed that Amit Shah would show the party’s strength but the whole yatra turned to be wet cracker.”Nobody should think that they can intimidate us. If they think that they can do something here with old RSS faces in the centre and other states, they are wrong,” said Pinarayi.
Pinarayi said that the BJP is trying to destroy the secularism with the power of central government.
BJP supremo Amit Shah, who was supposed to rejoin the Kerala Janaraksha, cancelled his plans due to emergency meetings. On the third day, it passed through the CPI(M) hotbed in Kannur, especially Pinarayi, the hometown of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
But the ruling party has already termed this 15 day long extravaganza as a failure as the party leaders failed to show up in the rally.
The Jan Raksha Yatra will cover 11 districts and will end on October 17 in Thiruvananthapuram.
Explanatory video: BJP’s Janraksha Yatra and the ongoing BJP- left fiasco in Kerala.
(Alisha & Sukanya)