Amit Shah arrives in Kerala today for three-day visit

On Friday, Amit Shah will meet bishops in Kochi, in a bid to "build bridges" with the Christian community

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 2, 2017 1:13 pm
Amit Shah, Amit Shah Kerala, Kerala BJP, Kerala cow slaughter, BJP news, Kerala news, latest news, indian express Amit Shah is expected to chair several meetings with party leaders to analyse the organisational work in the state. (Source: ANI)

BJP president Amit Shah on Friday arrived in Kochi for his three-day Kerala visit, amid a row in the state over the Centre’s notification which banned sale of cattle in animal markets for slaughter. Shah arrived at the Nedumbassery International Airport Friday morning and was welcomed with a rousing reception by BJP workers. He proceeded to a government guest house in Kochi accompanied by a bike rally organised by party workers.

The visit just a few days comes after the alleged public slaughter of a calf by Youth Congress workers.  A BJP leader, however, said Shah’s visit was scheduled much ahead of these developments.

On Friday, the BJP chief will meet bishops in Kochi, in a bid to “build bridges” with the Christian community which accounts for 18 to 20 per cent of the votes in Kerala. Hindu far-right and Christians in Kerala have been in dispute over alleged incidents of religious conversion.

H Raja, BJP’s party’s in-charge in Kerala, said that during the three-day visit, Amit Shah will look into the organisational work in the state. Raja added that the meeting with the bishops is aimed at “understanding each other”. He also said that ‘a few popular people’ who had so far not been in
politics are set to join BJP during Shah’s three-day visit. BJP has also warmed up to Kerala Congress (M), a former ally of the Congress, which has considerable support among Christians.

BJP leaders believe it is an ‘imperative’ for the party to win over the minority votes if it had to emerge as a “potent force” in Kerala, where Hindu votes constitute about 55 per cent of the electorate while Muslims about 26-27 per cent of the electorate.

Besides interacting with party leaders over organisational work and future plans for BJP in the state, Shah is expected to hold meetings with BJP allies, leaders of various communities and influential people.

Keeping the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in mind, Kerala is believed to be an important part of BJP’s strategy. BJP expects to draw in a larger chunk of the 21 assembly seats in Kerala after it saw a 16 per cent increase in vote share in the 2016 assembly polls, even though it won only one seat. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP could not win a single seat. As of now, BJP has set up an alliance with smaller parties representing different communities. Amit Shah is scheduled to attend various party programmes over the next two days in Thiruvananthapuram.

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    Mustapha Jabbar
    Jun 4, 2017 at 12:33 am
    It's so sad to see such a figure bringing in divisive politics into a state which has been a garden of communal harmony . For centuries the three major religions have lived together and should stand together today to pack these power hungry brokers to where they have come from. The most literate state now has the opportunity to show these illiterate power brokers their right place in society.
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      MPV
      Jun 4, 2017 at 10:07 am
      For communal harmony to sustain, people of all 3 religions in Kerala should have equal or more or less equal benefits in all aspects. In last 70 years since Independence, by fraudulently and illegally erecting Christian Crosses in Government owned Western Ghats Forest Lands,the Christian Catholic Church have silently become the SECOND LARGEST LANDOWNER in India. The Population of Kerala, is as follows: Hindus – 55 , Muslims – 26 and Christians – 1 . But, as landowners, the percentages are reversed: Hindus – 25 , Muslims – 25 and Christians – 50 . A section of Corrupt Leaders of CPM and Congress for their selfish benefits are hand in glove with the Christian Churches to protect the Illegal and immoral occupation of Government lands, which belongs to all communities equally. The Christian Churches should come forward and hand over the illegally occupied excess 31 (50-19 31 ) of Kerala Land back to the Government of Kerala. Then equality of all 3 communities can be maintained.
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        MPV
        Jun 4, 2017 at 10:12 am
        Read Christian Population in Kerala as 19 percent above not 1 percent. With 19 percent of Kerala Population, Christians own 50 percent of land by by fraudulently and illegally erecting Christian Crosses in Government owned Western Ghats Forest Lands.
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        MPV
        Jun 4, 2017 at 10:48 am
        If you visit and travel and stay in Kerala for a few days, you will definitely notice the rich, g ,shining and Huge Christian Churches along the length and breadth of Kerala. Each Christian Church owns 10 to 12 times the landed area compared to the nearby Hindu Temple or Muslim Mosque. How come each Christian Church in small villages is so huge, g , shining and rich with 10 to 12 times the landed area compared to nearby Hindu Temple or Muslim Mosque? Many of them are recently built or newly renovated.Hence, one will not be surprised that sometime in near future, Kerala’s tag line will be changed from "God’s Own Country" to "Jesus Christ’s Own Country".
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        bitterhoney
        Jun 2, 2017 at 10:54 pm
        Is Amit Shah coming to Kerala to parti te in beef fest?
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          MS
          Jun 2, 2017 at 7:06 pm
          foolsi supporters of bjp are talking about COW but promoting slaughter houses and that too of bjp-Hindu.. why are you trying to fool public by lying.. what acheater !! However public has known them. In Gujarat, bjp is losing and its not an issue as if elections are done free and fair then even Modi will be defeated by a common man. means there is no value of Modi.
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            MS
            Jun 2, 2017 at 4:56 pm
            Amit Shah and Modi are seem to be burden on this country as they both are moving here and there just to win elections anyway. They don't bother to create panic and problems within the society. As anything happen anywhere they are just running there and create issues and play with emotions. they just waste of time and not doing constructive work but breaking society. All the public has understood these two men who are useless and country does not want such people. To run state and country people need good people, who are educated, have family, wife-children and settled and with good history and not vagabond type person. Country does not want liars.
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              Viyan
              Jun 2, 2017 at 3:03 pm
              Amit Shahji, you are greatest of all the Jain's. Doing good service in to Jain teachings, with the help of government. Let Hindus or Muslims do whatever they want to do or want to say, our religion is what w India should follow. Please suggest PM to take some steps to ban onions, potatoes, brinjals, and garlic and potato.
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                MS
                Jun 2, 2017 at 5:03 pm
                Country can't run this way. Some are believing that their religion is the only one and great one. Dont be blind and too much egoestic. There are many religion, eventhough instead harmony in the society such people are creating issues as mentioned to ban Onion, potatoes, brinjals etc. If you don't eat them, don't eat but do over cleverness to stop others. In India, only Jians are not there and if you follow Jain Dharma, you don't use it.
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                amecho
                Jun 2, 2017 at 2:37 pm
                land of Adi Shankrachariya !! he challenged the ideology of Buddha and brought back the Sanatam Dharm in India . I bow to the land of Kerala. I m a north Indian.
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                  Vnk
                  Jun 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm
                  There is hope for BJP if it can snatch hindu votes from ati-hindu CPM and Cong. In addition to that they can reach some understanding with the christian parties.
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                    MS
                    Jun 2, 2017 at 4:59 pm
                    Remove politicians and leaders who are talking about Hindu-Muslim and create communalism. These are hopeless and counting only votes and no work for the public and making people fool as made in Gujarat.
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                    Vnk
                    Jun 2, 2017 at 1:51 pm
                    Cong has become Muslim league of yesterday, CPM is another pro-muslim outfits ad there is Muslim league. Amit Shah will be unwise if he bothers about Muslim votes at all because he stands no chance against these 3 communal Muslim parties.
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