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Kerala chief minister responsible for gory political murders, says Amit Shah

Inaugurating the 15-day state-wide Jan Raksha Yatra in Kannur’s Payyanur, the BJP chief said his party will use all democratic means to expose the Communist Party of India (Marxist) .

india Updated: Oct 03, 2017 18:20 IST
Ramesh Babu, Kannur
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BJP president Amit Shah will camp in Kannur district, north Kerala, for three days, and cover at least 16 km a day during the ‘padyatra’. He will also address a meeting in chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s village Pinarayi on October 5.(HT Photo)

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Tuesday came down heavily on ruling CPI(M) in Kerala saying the party never believed in democracy and held chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan responsible for most of the political murders in north Kerala.

Inaugurating the 15-day state-wide Jan Raksha Yatra (people’s protection march) in Kannur’s Payyanur, Shah said his party will use all democratic means to expose the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and organise protest marches at many places including the left party’s headquarters in New Delhi.

“Since the LDF government came to power 13 of our workers got killed. Some of the gory murders took place in CM’s own constituency. He is answerable to these killings,” he said.

He added violence in the state has increased manifold ever since the Left Democratic Front (LDF) started its rule and also questioned human rights activists who he said continued to keep silence over political killings.

“The politics of intolerance can’t continue like this. Violence is no means to ideology. Communists should introspect why their ideology is vanishing all over the world. We have seen its plight in West Bengal,” he said adding that Communists often turn champions of rights elsewhere but in Kerala, they annihilate their political opponents brutally.

The BJP president spoke in Hindi and his speech was simultaneously translated into Malayalam.

As many as 120 BJP workers, 84 in Kannur alone, have been killed in the state since 2001 with 14 of them in the chief minister’s hometown since he took over the reins last year, the BJP has alleged.

Three BJP workers were attacked by suspected CPI(M) workers in Neeleswaram town in Kasargod district ahead of the march on Monday. The attack took place around 9:30pm when the BJP workers were decorating a part of the National Highway 66 for the march.

The CPI(M) has, in turn, accused the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) of resorting to violence and denied the involvement of its government and leadership in political killings.

Shah’s yatra in Payyannur in the district is aimed at increasing the BJP’s footprint in a state it has never been a strong force in, let alone being in power.

The BJP will expose CPI(M)’s political intolerance and throw enough light on growing fundamentalist activities in the state, said state president Kummanam Rajasekharan, who is leading the yatra.

Earlier in the day, the BJP chief visited the Rajarajeswara Temple in Thaliparambha and offered prayers at the ancient shrine.

During his three-day camp in the district, Shah will also meet families of victims of political violence and address a meeting in Pinarayi, the chief minister’s village on October 5. He will cover the distance of 16km on foot a day.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath will be joining the party president on Wednesday. Many central ministers, including Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Irani and Ananth Kumar, are also expected to address the march at different venues.

Shah will also address the concluding session in the state capital on October 17.

First Published: Oct 03, 2017 14:49 IST