BJP's yatra a flop: CPI(M)

Posted October 06, 2017

Shah was to lead the foot march through Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's ancestral village to show of power in a state where BJP has never come close to power.

Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala criticised that BJP's Janarakshayatra led by Kummanam Rajasekharan has become a mourning procession after BJP national president Amit Shah skipped it.

The Kerala Chief Minister also reminded him about Uttar Pradesh's track record in health.

Addressing a press conference here, CPI-M General secretary Sitaram Yechury said "The entire cycle of violence was started by the Rashtriaya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on the day assembly election results were announced in Kerala a year ago". He marched with the BJP workers in Kannur district that is considered the stronghold of CPM and home district of Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah on Tuesday announced a two-week 'padyatra', against the Communist Party of India (Marxist) targeting his party's workers, in all state capitals from Wednesday. The BJP has not yet said who will lead the yatra on Thursday. The BJP president decided not to join the yatra since he was convinced that the march would not make any impact on the people, he said. He said his party would use democratic means to fight Left rule in the state. Channels loyal to BJP and RSS have provided more than adequate coverage to the political violence in the state. He also hailed BJP's campaign against "Jihadi-Red terror" for drawing big crowds, reported NDTV. The senior BJP leader arrived at Mangalore airport early this morning and reached the temple by road from Bakel, an official in the party's state media department said.

Yogi strongly condemned the alleged ongoing forced conversions of Hindu women in Kerala and said- "Love Jihad is an alleged trend of Muslim boys tricking non-Muslim girls into marriage", Yogi added. "The Supreme Court has already passed an order on it and the NIA is investigating it", News18 quoted the chief minister as saying.