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BJP’s Kerala yatra is well planned but is it enough to woo the public?

The BJP's latest attempts will definitely provide fresh momentum to the cadre. The young cadre in Kannur, Kasargode and Wayanad districts who descended in large numbers in Kannur have been enthusiastic.

Written by Liz Mathew | Kannur | Updated: October 5, 2017 5:29 pm
Kannur: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath joins Kerala BJP president Kummanam Rajasekhara’s ‘Janaraksha Yatra’ in Kannur. PTI Photo

The 14-day Janraksha Yatra flagged off by BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday is the best planned strategic political move the party has made so far in Kerala where it is struggling to gain acceptance. The beginning of the march, scheduled to cover 11 districts of the southern state, in Payyannur town of the politically volatile Kannur district, saw a strong emotional pitch by Shah and all the speakers giving sketchy details of the killings that took place in the region. Family members of the slain RSS and BJP workers in Kannur were on parade. Photos of victims of these political killings with their severed heads and limbs were also exhibited.

In his inaugural speech, meant to inspire his party workers for a tough battle ahead, Shah did not mince words. In the region which has been at the centre of an intense campaign by the BJP and its ideological parent RSS, the saffron party has been facing a difficult political and ideological battle against the Communists.

The BJP’s latest attempts will definitely provide fresh momentum to the cadre. The young cadre in Kannur, Kasargode and Wayanad districts who descended in large numbers in Kannur have been enthusiastic. For them it has been an event and a show of strength they have been waiting for, for a long time. In a region dominated by the leftist politics of the CPI-M, the moderate politics of the IUML and the centrist Congress, right wing politics has been suppressed until recently. This is the region where the Communists gained popularity on the basis of their anti-imperialism struggles in the pre-independent era. The Left was seen as the champion of the peasant revolution, anti-imperialism and the working class struggle in Kerala.

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Kannur : BJP president Amit Shah and Union Tourism Minister Alphonse Kannanthanam waves to the crowed during the party’s ‘Janaraksha Yatra’ at Payyannur in Kannur on Tuesday. PTI Photo

The BJP’s attempt to breach the red fortress is not easy. Amit Shah seems to be aware of this. His extra effort to make an impact in the state that sends just 20 lawmakers to Parliament indicates his understanding of the ground reality. Unlike other states, the demographic and social profile of Kerala are not conducive to the BJP’s usual tactics. Although Hindus are in majority, Muslims and Christians form almost half of the population and have been influential communities in the north and the central districts, respectively. The Left, considered to be the most progressive movement in this southern state, claims a large chunk of Hindu votes. The BJP tried to cobble an alliance with small community groups, but it still has not been able to put up a strong and promising political combine.

The passionate slogans being on the BJP yatra – everyone has to live, the Left has joined hands with Jihaadis as its ideology has become obsolete, Left’s violent politics vs peaceful politics of BJP, etc – will be music to ears of the cadre. But how far it would attract voters is yet to be seen.

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  1. A
    Oct 7, 2017 at 5:45 pm
    Wooing voters is only a byproduct actually BJP is getting their business in order which gives greater confidence to vote BJP.
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        Shanti Shanti
        Oct 6, 2017 at 8:25 pm
        North India is becomming North Korea for S. India. To run a state like Kerala or similar need educated people not Chaiwallahs . Masal Chai and Yogi Chai sells up North. Who the drinks these halfboiled water milk tail in the South. Beauty of Kerala is diversity . They live happily, No one cares about religion. Every festival is happy ending. They dislike shady Hindi blabbering ....A....sss................holes In case of neecessity , great wall of china will be shifted:) and replaced at the right point. Buzzzzzzzzzzzz OFF. ...
        1. R
          Oct 6, 2017 at 12:44 pm
          Kerala educated people afraid of rss..because they know when rath yatra going after that communalism violence is there..so amith shah politics ..it will never successes in Kerala..Muslims and hindhus living together happily here..so we don't want problem means we don't need bjp..it's all...pls keep that harmony don't spoil
          1. M
            Oct 6, 2017 at 4:28 am
            BJP if it is serious why not construct Ram Temple in UP as promised during Elections as now their Government is in state and centre. They are fooling this innocent public just for their selfish ends by dividing people like British had done to India: Divide and Rule policy. Really if they want India to progress in every field they should stop Liquor,Goondaism,Black Money, corruption....many more. My message to BJP is if you want to Rule India for a Long time Treat all religions equally and dont poison the minds of innocent hindus against muslims.
            1. N
              Oct 6, 2017 at 11:37 am
              Your knowledge is questionable.Have you ever read about Abrahimic religions of the world and their expansion agenda? Expansionists forces are ruling Kerala by dividing 54 percent of majority community by Divide and Rule policy of the past 300 years of colonial rule and of pseudo secularism of India now in vogue in Kerala and India. Totally brainwashed member of a herd of a political party!!!
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