On the second day of BJP’s ‘Jan Raksha Yatra’ in Kerala, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath joined the rally in Kannur to protest against the “murder of party workers”. The rally, that began on Tuesday, will pass through the state of Kerala before concluding at Thiruvananthapuram on October 17 where Amit Shah will address the rally. The rally will help BJP focus in the state which has been completely out of its reach thus far.
On Tuesday, the BJP intensified its attack against the Pinarayi Vijayan-led government with attacks on “ruling CPM’s murder politics.” Challenging CM Vijayan, Shah said the “bloodstains of those 84 RSS/BJP workers killed in Kannur are on your clothes.” He added: “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.” He also criticised “human rights activists” for being “selective” in their condemnation of violence.
Jan Raksha Yatra: Yogi Adityanath in Kerala highlights
5.00 pm: Hitting back at BJP and RSS, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the cycle of violence was started by the BJP the day assembly election results were announced in Kerala last year.
3.30 pm: Glimpses from the rally led by Yogi Adityanath in Kerala.
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2.20 pm: “More than 20 murdered in CM’s district, it proves that the killers are being given protection,” Adityanath said.
2.00 pm: Meanwhile in Bhubaneswar, BJP workers protest against Kerala government and CPM over killings of BJP and RSS workers in Kerala.
12.30 pm: “Aaj Kerala ke Kasargod par guard of honour diya gaya (Today, (I) received guard of honour in Kerala’s Kasargod),” Adityanath wrote on Twitter.
12.15 pm: Amit Shah was scheduled to preside over a meeting of Kerala state election committee and address a conference of intellectuals in TMA Pai Convention centre in Mangalore today. However,
12.00 pm: Meanwhile in New Delhi, BJP workers hold protest march to CPM office over killing of BJP and RSS workers in Kerala
11.45 am: On Tuesday, the CPI(M) took a dig at Adityanath saying he was welcome to visit Kerala Hospitals “to learn how to run Hospitals effectively!” Yogi Adityanath gets CPM invite: Visit Kerala hospitals
11.40 am: Speaking to media, Adityanath said, “This yatra is a mirror for communist governments in Kerala, West Bengal and Tripura. They should put an end to political killings.” He also said there is no place for violence in a democracy.
11.20 am: Around 2,000 policemen in Kannur for security management.
11.15 am: Yogi Adityanath joins BJP’s Jan Raksha Yatra rally in Kannur.
9.00 am: BJP workers in New Delhi will march to the CPI(M) headquarters in the capital every day until October 17, Shah said. He is also likely to be a part of one of the New Delhi marches on October 8.
8.50 am: At the end of the Tuesday’s march, Amit 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.”
8.40 am: BJP’s 15-day padayatra will span across 154 km, covering 11 districts of Kerala.