Yogi Adityanath in Kerala to fight alleged rise of extremism

Yogi Adityanath in Kerala to fight alleged rise of extremism

Yogi Adityanath in Kerala to fight alleged rise of extremism

As many as 120 BJP workers, 84 in Kannur alone, have been killed in the state since 2001.

The saffron party's 15-day padayatra will span across 154 km, covering 11 districts of Kerala.

CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said on Monday Union Minister Prakash Javadekar's statement is an insult to Kerala and its people.

During his yatra in Kerala, BJP president Amit Shah should "raise consciousness" on political violence against CPI (M) workers as much as against his party cadres for his "mission" to be of some success ("Amit Shah to lead BJP march in Kerala", October 3).

Shah also announced the party will campaign for the next two weeks in all Indian states against the killings, the Press Trust of India report said.

"The yatra is the organised protest of all BJP workers in the country". The RSS and BJP workers are being selectively murdered in Kerala. The yatra will culminate in Thiruvananthapuram on October 17. "Pinarayi Vijayan is responsible for these killings", Mr Shah said. "You are directly responsible for killing of CPM's opponents", Shah said at the beginning of a 14-day "Jan Raksha Yatra" from Payyanur, seen as a Left stronghold.

"We are starting the march from Kannur because it is the Chief Minister's home district".

Shah, who walked seven kilometers accompanied by hundreds of BJP supporters, many of them carrying the party flag, was also critical of human rights activists whom he accused of raking up issues of intolerance only when it suited them.

Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam, MPs Suresh Gopi and Richard Hey, former Karnataka Education Minister C T Ravi, BJP Puducherry president V Swaminathan, and many other BJP leaders and workers joined the foot march.

BJP seems to be confident about a triangular contest between the CPI (M)-led LDF, Congress-led UDF and BJP. They will be joined by state chief ministers like Assam's Sarbananda Sonowal and Uttar Pradesh's Yogi Adityanath, who is scheduled to address a public gathering in Kannur Wednesday.

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