Kerala: Time to show CPI(M) the door, says Amit Shah as Janraksha Yatra winds up
Addressing the valedictory session of the party’s Janraksha Yatra in Thiruvananthapuram, Shah said it was sad that people with differing political views were not being allowed to function in certain parts of Kerala even 70 years after Independence.india Updated: Oct 17, 2017 21:10 IST
BJP president Amit Shah slammed Kerala’s Pinarayi Vijayan government on Tuesday, stating that the Left Front will be thrown out of power if it continues to indulge in “politics of hatred and intolerance”.
Addressing the valedictory session of the party’s two-week-long Janraksha Yatra in the state capital, Shah said it was sad that people with differing political views were not being allowed to function in certain parts of Kerala even 70 years after Independence.
“I would like to ask the chief minister if the mandate he received from the people was for developing the state or liquidating his political opponents. It is sad that the maximum number of political murders in the state occurred in his district – Kannur. He has to take responsibility for this,” the BJP president said, maintaining that there is no place for violence in a democracy.
Shah had flagged off the Janraksha Yatra from Kannur in north Kerala on October 3.
“Violence is the trademark of communists, and political murders only multiplied after they came to power in Kerala. Thirty of our workers were killed when it was in power between 1996 and 2001; 28 were killed between 2006 and 2011; and 13 were killed in the last one-and-a-half years,” he said, adding that violence cannot curb the party’s growth in the state.
Shah also accused the ruling front of evolving a discreet understanding with the Congress. “There is a secret deal between the two, which is why no action has been taken against former chief minister Oommen Chandy despite his indictment by a judicial commission,” he said.
The BJP president said the Left government will soon succumb to its own politics of violence, just like the Congress capitulated to its “legacy of corruption and dynastic politics”. “The CPI(M) can unleash as much violence as it wants, but it can’t stop our ideology. The more mud chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan slings, the better will the lotus bloom in Kerala,” he said.
He also criticised CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury for objecting to the BJP organising rallies outside the headquarters of rival parties. “We only talk about development, and that’s because we are concerned about the country. But Yechury’s party destroyed our state office using bombs,” he said.
While Shah spoke in Hindi, his speech was translated by former state president V Muraleedharan.
Shah joined the concluding session of the party’s much-hyped Janraksha Yatra at Thiruvananthapuram earlier in the day. Though the BJP president had inaugurated the protest march at Kannur at the start of the month, he was forced to leave soon afterwards due to “pressing engagements” in the national capital.
While BJP workers virtually turned the city into a saffron fortress in view of the concluding session, CPI(M) activists put up large hoardings depicting the Gorakhpur hospital tragedy and photographs of people lynched by cow vigilantes to highlight the saffron party’s failings.
Though the two-week-long campaign against “red and jihadi terror” triggered an intense war of words between the CPI(M) and the saffron outfit, the exercise failed to translate into immediate electoral gain for Shah’s party. The BJP polled a 1,000-odd votes less than what it managed in the 2016 assembly election at Muslim-dominated Vengara in Malappuram district, which went to the polls during the high-profile march. The party was pushed to the fourth slot, behind the political wing of the radical Popular Front of India, in the electoral contest.