Blood on your hands: Amit Shah to Kerala CM

Blood on your hands: Amit Shah to Kerala CM

Blood on your hands: Amit Shah to Kerala CM

Shah blamed Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for the political killings in the state and said that "More than 120 BJP and RSS workers have been murdered in Kerala so far". Kannur, the site of particularly bloody clashes, is the CM's home district. Wherever CPI-M ruled - be it Kerala, West Bengal or Tripura - political violence followed.

The news reports of Adityanath's Kerala visit come hours after BJP chief Amit Shah announced a two-week "padyatra" in the state from Wednesday against the CPM's alleged targeting of his party's workers. There will be a "satyagraha" in each state capital in the next 15 days to express solidarity with BJP workers from Kerala.

Speaking at the red citadel of Payyannur in Kannur, the hotbed of political violence, Mr Shah asserted that the attacks on BJP workers will not demoralise them and they will continue to strengthen the saffron party in the southern state. The march will conclude in Thiruvananthapuram on October 17. 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". "In democracy, democratic protest is the way to go", he said.

He added that the Communist party should introspect, as across the world, it is vanishing and also, the Congress is vanishing from the country. Calling it a "smokescreen", the Kerala chief minister said that Javadekar was just trying to drum up "cheap publicity stunt" for the Jan Raksha Yatra.

The march will pass through Pinarayi Vijayan's home town in Kannur. It posted its most spectacular performance in Uttar Pradesh, where Yogi Adityanath was made Chief Minister.

BJP seems to be confident about a triangular contest between the CPI (M)-led LDF, Congress-led UDF and BJP.

It also underlines the charge that non-BJP governments like in Kerala do not act against Islamist fundamentalism, and is part of BJP's efforts to boost its profile and electoral prospects in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

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