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On Pinarayi turf, Amit Shah says: Lotus will bloom in this muck

Shah’s Janraksha Yatra, with the theme 'All Have To Live: Against Jihadi-Red Terror', travelled 9 km from Payyannur to Pilathara on Tuesday.

Written by Liz Mathew , Shaju Philip | Payyannur | Updated: October 4, 2017 7:19 am
Amit Shah, BJP, Amit Shah Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, CMP, Amit Shah padyatra, India news, Indian Express Amit Shah inaugurates the BJP’s Janraksha Yatra at Payyannur in Kannur on Tuesday. (Source: PTI)

With an eye on establishing the BJP’s presence in one of the states almost completely out of its reach thus far, BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday launched his party’s strongest and most strategic political pitch in Kerala by taking out a 14-day march from Payyannur, a Communist bastion, to protest against what the party calls “red terror”.

Although the BJP and the RSS maintains that Islamic terrorism has intensified in Kerala recently, and although it is one of the two themes of Shah’s yatra, there were not many reference to “Islamic terrorism” by either Shah or other speakers today.

The BJP president in his speech, and the party cadres through their slogans, made clear who the target is: Kerala Chief Minister and CPI(M) Politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan.

Shah’s Janraksha Yatra, with the theme “All Have To Live: Against Jihadi-Red Terror”, travelled 9 km from Payyannur to Pilathara on Tuesday.

Hundreds of political workers — from both BJP-RSS and the CPI(M) — have died in violence between the two sides over the decades. The BJP claims violence against its workers increased after Vijayan took charge last year.

In an attempt to set the tone for the yatra, Shah and almost all the speakers tried to focus on “exposing the violent and terror politics” of the CPI(M). To spice things up, there has been an exhibition of gory pictures of political violence in an effort to highlight what the party calls “martyrdom” of RSS and BJP workers, killed allegedly by CPI(M) activists in the region. The party made special seating arrangements for family members of slain party workers on the left side of the dais.

Issuing a challenge to the chief minister, Shah said, “I am telling you, Mr Vijayan, bloodstains of those 84 RSS/BJP workers killed in Kannur are on your clothes…. Vijayanji, I want to tell you, no matter how much muck you are creating out of violence here, you should know that the lotus will bloom in that mud.”

The BJP president also criticised “human rights activists” for being “selective” in their condemnation of violence. “I want to remind the champions of human rights that violence has no colour,” he said. “Red violence is also violence. What crime have they (BJP/RSS workers killed allegedly by CPIM workers) done? That they joined a stream of thought that keeps nationalism and its interests above all? Don’t you consider these families’ loss as a loss? Your silence raises questions.”

From the dais in Payyannur, which has a rich history of patriotism and revolutionary politics, BJP leaders repeatedly said, “If the Communist party began from Pinarayi (the CM’s village in Kannur district), the BJP has begun the work to destroy that party from Pinarayi itself.”

At the end of the day’s march, Shah addressed the cadres at Pilathara and said, “(Prime Minister) Narendra Modi has ended the politics casteism, dynasty and appeasement. And now you are going to end the communist politics of violence.”

Shah also announced that BJP workers in Delhi will march to the CPI(M) headquarters in Delhi every day until October 17, when the Janraksha Yatra is scheduled to conclude in Thiruvananthapuram. “BJP workers will take out protest marches in all state capitals in the country. To keep your spirits up, BJP chief ministers, Union ministers and Central leaders will walk with you in the coming days from different locations,” Shah said.

On Wednesday, the march, led by Kerala BJP chief Kummanam Rajasekharan, will be addressed by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

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    Curious onlooker
    Oct 5, 2017 at 7:50 am
    Such lotus that bloom in the muck would itself a flower of the muck!
    1. madhusudan Bangalore
      Oct 4, 2017 at 3:11 pm
      All these dramas of BJP leaders are futile. BJP leaders must work sincerely and honestly for the welfare of the people. Corruption and abnormal rate of taxes and duties on petrol products have a catastrophic effect on inflation which is increasing day by day. Corruption is the main roadblock in the development of the country for which nothing is done by Modi govt so far. This is happening due to lack of stringent punishment like the death sentence and seizure of all illegal assets of CORRUPTS. Modi committed eliminating Corruption from the map of the country before Lok Sabha elections which are yet to be fulfilled. IT IS NOTED BY MODI GOVT THAT INDIA CANNOT PROGRESS UNLESS CORRUPTION IS ERADICATED TOTALLY FROM THIS COUNTRY. The people should not be deceived by other false promises and Modi govt must fulfill its commitment to curb CORRUPTION FROM THE COUNTRY. Otherwise, BJP WILL FACE UPHILL TASK IN WINNING FORTHCOMING ELECTIONS.
      1. W
        who cares
        Oct 4, 2017 at 12:10 pm
        Why the do you believe that being BJP/RSS is a one way ticket to being nationalistic. I am a Christian from Kerala and I love my country much more than Shah/ Bhagwat/ Modi/ Yogi and all others put together....its my bloody right how much I should take pride in my country......and so is a muslim or any other religious minority or any of my hindu brothers....the reason why Kerala prospered was we believed much before Shah was born in social justice, education , religious freedom,equality , hardwork and had no beef with what people eat or wear or speak or which God they pray to....before preaching to keralites about what muck we are in go and fix things in states you are ruling and bring the state of affairs to the level of Kerala in literacy health education and social justice........dont bull us...... aa parippu ivide vevoola mone....nee poda mone dinesha!!!!
        1. B
          Oct 4, 2017 at 11:16 am
          We malayalees strongly believe in unity within our diverse religious beliefs. Castetism was never an issue for us. Unlike Northern states the hindus, christians and muslims are well educated and financially well off here. We the educated community don't let one party rule us after 5 years. We make them sit out and ponder on the mistakes they made so that the next time come to power they've learnt their lesson. Why would we want to have a party who value cows more than humans. A party that believes in muffling the voices of anybody who opposes their view will not be welcomed in Kerala.
          1. J
            Joseph Mumbai
            Oct 4, 2017 at 11:01 am
            Kerala is a Jihadi factory supported by Communist. In Kerala Muslims are killing not just Hindus but Christians also and trapping their daughters in love Jehad. Communism is a curse that met it's death in USSR, Eastern Europe and Chinese market economy. Long live Hinduism. Hinduism is the indigenous philosophy of South Asia. Kerala Hindus wake up.
            1. N
              Ninte Appan
              Oct 4, 2017 at 4:59 pm
              Poda Mire
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