Amit Shah in Kerala highlights: People's support for Janaraksha Yatra scares Pinarayi Vijayan, says BJP chief

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Amit Shah in Kerala highlights: People's support for Janaraksha Yatra scares Pinarayi Vijayan, says BJP chief
  • 18:41 (IST)

    Amit Shah speaks on political violence

    "If Left parties have ceased to exist in this country, then it is due to political violence," says Shah.

  • 18:36 (IST)

    Kerala CM afraid of BJP's supporters: Shah

  • 18:31 (IST)

    Amit Shah thanks supporters of Janaraksha Yatra

    "I thank every one who joined from across the nation in Janaraksha Yatra. I will always be grateful to the people of Kerala for their support," says BJP chief in Kerala.

  • 18:27 (IST)

    Amit Shah says BJP ideology will spread in Kerala

  • 18:14 (IST)

    Amit Shah slams Pinarayi Vijayan over political violence

  • 18:11 (IST)

    Shah says CPM can't stop BJP

    "Why have we started this yatra after 70 years of independence? When our party workers work for the benefit of Kerala, they are pushed into the valley of death, says Shah.

    He added, "CPM, you can do as much violence you want, but you can't stop BJP's ideology."

  • 18:08 (IST)

    Amit Shah addresses rally

    "This Janaraksha was started on 2 October in north in Payyanur and today ends in south (Kerala) in Thiruvananthapuram. In 15 days, 140 kilometer was covered by this rally," BJP chief says in Kerala.

  • 17:24 (IST)

    Amit Shah will soon address public meeting in Thiruvananthapuram

  • 17:06 (IST)

    Amit Shah leads protest on last day of yatra 

  • 16:53 (IST)

    Visual from BJP rally in Thiruvananthapuram

  • 16:38 (IST)

    Amit Shah joins rally in Thiruvananthapuram

  • 11:15 (IST)

    BJP president Amit Shah's has cut short his visit to Kerala and Karantaka after having to leave for New Delhi

    Amit Shah was supposed to address an 'intellectual meet' and hold a preliminary meeting about the organisation of the Parivarthana rally in Bengaluru on 2 November, according to The Hindu. However, these programmes have been postponed indefinitely due to "unavoidable reasons", Sanjeeva Matandoor, president, Dakshina Kannada unit of the party told the press on Tuesday.

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  • 11:18 (IST)

    Yogi Adityanath is still scheduled to appear in the yatra

    Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath is still scheduled to take part in the yatra on Wednesday, said Sanjeeva Matandoor, president, Dakshina Kannada.

  • 11:20 (IST)

    Amit Shah had told Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday that he had blood on his hands

    BJP chief Amit Shah had lashed out at chief minister Pinayari Vijayan on Tuesday and accused the senior CPM member of being directly responsible for the violence, The Times of India had reported.

    "The bloodstains of more than 120 BJP and RSS workers killed in political violence in Kerala are on your (Vijayan's) clothes. 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. Kannur, the site of particularly bloody clashes, is the CM's home district.

  • 11:24 (IST)

    Yogi Adityanath has arrived in Kannur

  • 11:44 (IST)

    Yogi Adityanath says he has come to oppose the atmosphere of terror

    'There is no space for violence in a democracy. Yet murders are happening in Kerala on a regular basis as innocent people belonging to BJP and allied organisations are being killed.'

    An atmosphere of terror has been created in Kerala. Every Indian must oppose it. I too have come to do so.'

  • 11:49 (IST)

    Yogi calls the Yatra a mirror for communist governments in Kerala, West Bengal and Tripura

  • 12:07 (IST)

    Brinda Karat of the CPM attacks Yogi Adityanath

    Brinda Karat said that the Yatra is a relay race of terror. She added that when the BJP goes to Kerala, they should be shown the schools and the hospitals.

    She obliquely referenced the Gorakhpur tragedy as she said that Yogi should learn from Kerala hospitals and help the children and people of Uttar Pradesh.

  • 12:09 (IST)

    Amit Shah to join the Yatra in Kerala tomorrow

    India Today reports that Amit Shah is expected to be back in the state on Thursday and will rejoin the Yatra.

  • 12:12 (IST)

    BJP's Kerala unit welcomes the "roaring lion"

  • 12:25 (IST)

    BJP takes out protest march in New Delhi

    The BJP is also simultaneously carrying out a protest march in New Delhi over the political killings in Kerala, according to The Indian Express.

  • 12:33 (IST)

    Why was Yogi Adityanath chosen to lead the Yatra today?

    CNN-News18 has the given the possible reasons why the Uttar Pradesh chief minister is leading the Yatra today. He is considered the Hindutva face of the BJP and is a symbol of assertive politics. He also has a novelty factor in Kerala which will draw crowds.

    In essence, the party is trying to use Adityanath's Hindutva appeal as an asset.

  • 12:41 (IST)

    After the CPM, Ramachandra Guha too would like the BJP to learn from Kerala

  • 12:46 (IST)

    CPM rules out any alliance with Congress

    As the BJP seeks to gain ground in Kerala, the Congress could be looking at big losses in the elections, says CNN-News18. An alliance would have been an option but The Hindu reports that at least the CPM will not be part of any such coalition.

    On Monday, the CPM Polit Bureau overruled a proposal by a section of the party backed by general secretary Sitaram Yechury to amend the political line to ally with the Congress and other Opposition parties.

  • 13:00 (IST)

    Yogi Adityanath got a guard of honour when he arrived today morning at Kasaragod

  • 13:10 (IST)

    BJP bringing out the big guns to Kerala

    Tomorrow, Amit Shah will take the yatra through Pinarayi, which is the hometown of Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, according to India Today.

    The BJP is clearly taking the state very seriously as the biggest leaders of the party including Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states are scheduled to take part in the Yatra over the coming days.

  • 13:11 (IST)

    Manjul points out the irony

  • 13:16 (IST)

    Delhi BJP comes out in numbers for the protest march

    The simultaneous BJP protest in New Delhi too is garnering numbers. Manoj Tiwari, the Delhi BJP chief told India Today, "We will not tolerate the murders taking place in Kerala and will teach the Left government a lesson."

  • 13:19 (IST)

    Yogi raises the issue of 'love jihad'

    While leading the Janaraksha Yatra in Kerala, Yogi Adityanath also raked up the issue of 'love jihad' and said that it was a "dangerous trend", according to News18.

    "Love jihad is a dangerous trend. The Supreme Court has already passed an order on it and the NIA is investigating it," said the leader. He further urged the Kerala government to take a serious look at cases of 'love jihad' in the state.

  • 13:30 (IST)

    RECAP: Amit Shah had flagged off the Janaraksha Yatra yesterday

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  • 13:47 (IST)

    The BJP is abandoning minority outreach, going in with hard Hindutva

    In April 2016, ahead of the Kerala Assembly election, the Bharatiya Janata Party, attempting to woo minorities — which make up 46 percent of the state — adopted a soft Hindutva line. However it now believes that that it cannot achieve its target with conventional methods. Hence, the party is attempting the hard Hindutva line instead of the soft line, which aimed at bringing minorities into the fold.

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  • 13:57 (IST)

    CPM keeps up the counter-narrative to the Yatra

  • 14:12 (IST)

    Yogi Adityanath will travel to Karnataka after his Kerala trip

  • 14:17 (IST)

    RECAP: Amit Shah had held Pinarayi Vijayan resposible for the political killings

    The BJP chief said that whenever Kerala had CPM in power, there was an alliance government which would prefer violence. "I want to ask: Who is behind these murders in Kannur? The chief minister is responsible for the political killings," he said.

    He claimed that the human rights activists in the nation were selective when it came to what they supported. "You turn your eyes away when our workers die. Why is there no march in Delhi? Violence has no colour. More than 120 workers of the BJP have succumbed due to political violence so far. What was their fault? They were working for the betterment of Kerala," he said.

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  • 14:24 (IST)

    No one can raise allegations of political violence in BJP-ruled states, says Yogi

    BJP is in power in several states but no one can raise any allegation of political violence in those states. However, this is happening rampantly in Kerala and that too in Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s constituency, says Yogi Adityanath.

  • 14:28 (IST)

    Yogi wants to make people aware of CPM's "misrule"

    "There is no scope for political violence in a democracy but unfortunately Kerala, God's own land, is witnessing politically sponsored violence," Adityanath said.

    "With this Yatra we will make people aware about the misrule of the CPM. People are also coming out in huge numbers in support of this," he added.

    The Yatra will travel through the state before culminating in Thiruvananthapuram on 17 October. Several Union ministers will also participate in the march under the theme of 'All have to live! Against Jihadi-Red Terror'.

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  • 15:02 (IST)

    The Uttar Pradesh BJP is keeping a keen eye on its leader, Yogi Adityanath

  • 15:21 (IST)

    Yogi attacks Kerala on medical issues

    Yogi Adityanath is not shying away from talking about medical issues as he insisted that a lack of proper health facilities have resulted in 100 deaths due to dengue in Kerala. He further said that the state should learn from Uttar Pradesh on how to deal with vector-borne diseases.

  • 15:28 (IST)

    Political observers fear BJP slogans at yatra could mar peace

    Political observers fear that the provocative slogans raised by the BJP at the yatra and the speeches by senior leaders could mar the peace. The CPM cadres are angry with the Janrakasha Yatra as it seeks to project Kerala as a land of terror and their party as perpetrator of the terror. The sentiments against the saffron party aggravated after Amit Shah announced a two-week padayatra in all state capitals from Wednesday. Read more here.

  • 15:34 (IST)

    Meanwhile, Opposition UDF calls for a statewide strike on 13th October

  • 15:36 (IST)

    In Bhubaneswar, BJP workers protest against Kerala govt and CPM over killings of BJP/RSS workers

Thiruvananthapuram: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah will join the high-pitched 'Janaraksha Yatra' against the political violence allegedly unleashed by the CPM on Tuesday, when the two-week-long campaign will conclude, party sources said on Monday.

 Amit Shah in Kerala highlights: Peoples support for Janaraksha Yatra scares Pinarayi Vijayan, says BJP chief

Amit Shah in New Delhi. PTI

The padyatra, flagged-off by Shah on 3 October from Kannur, the northern district of the state with a history of clashes between CPM and BJP-RSS workers, was to highlight the 'Left's atrocities' in Kerala under the LDF government.

The sources said Shah would walk with party cadres from Pattom to the Puthrikandam maidan, the venue of the valedictory of the two-week-long yatra.

A host of BJP leaders, Union ministers and BJP chief ministers, including Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, have participated in the yatra at different stages. It's led by BJP state chief Kummanom Rajasekharan.

The BJP has lashed out at the CPM over the political violence in Kerala, alleging that their party cadres were attacked and killed by ruling CPM workers.

They had also alleged that instances of political violence increased whenever the LDF came to power in Kerala, ruled alternatively by Congress-led UDF and LDF.

It was also alleged that the state has become a fertile ground for 'jihadis'.

The ruling CPM has rejected the charges and said that BJP-RSS activists attacked its workers instead.

The CPM has also alleged that the BJP was attempting to create tension in the state by unleashing violence.

Updated Date: Oct 17, 2017 19:42:54 IST