In a bid to kick-start the anti-Left campaign in Kerala, BJP national president Amit Shah made sharp allegations against the ruling CPM over political violence and blamed Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for the killings of party workers in state.
"I can tell, based on figures, politics violence started from the time communist party came to power. Wherever the communist party has come to power, the region has suffered. Look at West Bengal and Tripura. Political violence is there too. Left always paralyses the state it rules," Shah said, as he addressed a gathering.
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.
Shah hailed BJP's ideology for encouraging people to join as workers. "When I was introducing self to families of the deceased workers, I noticed many families who have had multiple members killed, have another member standing with the BJP. Their shahadat (martyrdom) will never go waste," Shah said.
Shah, who is to flag off Janaraksha Yatra led by BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan, at Payyannur in the northern district of Kasargod, said that the ultimate aim of the padyatra is to create awareness of the killings of BJP workers.
"CPM should self introspect. Why did their presence disappear from the world and is disappearing from India, too? The reason is political violence. On one side, Congress is disappearing and on other side BJP is progressing with our ideology," he said. "More the mud of violence, more the lotus will bloom," he added.
Shah also assured his party workers and volunteers that the BJP would fight the war with CPM till the end and that would emerge victorious.
"Our path is not of violence. Our path that of connecting the public. Based on our ideology, the public would be enlightened. We must all unite against the rule of Left government," he said.
Ahead of the launch of the yatra, three BJP workers decorating a part of the National Highway 66 were attacked by unidentified men on Monday.
During the address, Shah alleged that the attackers were CPM workers and said that they also destroyed BJP flags in the district.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath is set to increase the saffron stand with his visit to Kerala on Wednesday. According to Times Now, Adityanath will be in predominant Muslim Mallapuram.
With inputs from PTI
Updated Date: Oct 03, 2017 14:33 PM