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Amit Shah skips scheduled meet in Kerala, CPI(M) says he’s scared: 10 updates

BJP chief Amit Shah skipped a leg of the Jana Raksha Yatra in Kerala due to several engagements in Delhi.

india Updated: Oct 05, 2017 14:24 IST
Ramesh Babu
Ramesh Babu
Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
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BJP president Amit Shah at the launch of the party's Janaraksha Yathra at Payyannur in Kannur on Tuesday.(PTI)

BJP chief Amit Shah skipped a leg of the Jana Raksha Yatra in Kerala that he had inaugurated two days ago with much fanfare. The BJP had announced that the 14-day rally would focus on political violence in Kannur district, where several saffron party and RSS workers have died in clashes with Left members in recent years.

Here are 10 things to know:

1. BJP chief Amit Shah has decided to skip the Pinarayi leg of the Jana Raksha Yatra, a stronghold of the Left

2. Shah was expected to lead the yatra through chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s ancestral village as a show of strength in a state where the BJP has never come close to power.

3. BJP state chief Kummanam Rajasekharan said Shah had to skip Thursday’s event due to several engagements.

4. Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked Amit Shah to stay in Delhi for important talks, claimed another leader.

5. Shah is scheduled to address the concluding session of the Yatra on October 17 at Thiruvananthapuram.

6. The cancellation has buoyed CPI(M) leaders, who alleged the crowds were sparse at the Yatra and that Shah was scared to visit Pinarayi. “Poor response forced the party president to call it a day. It shows people have rejected the much-publicised exercise of the saffron party,” said CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.

7. Shah skipping the rally is also a breather for the administration and police, who were expecting rising tensions and had arranged 3,000 personnel across the district

8. The14-day Yatra was kicked off on Tuesday but soon sparked an intense war of words between the Left and saffron forces

9. The ruling CPI(M) has dismissed the rally as a gimmick and said the BJP had no mass base in the southern state but has decided to organise counter drive against the RSS and BJP.

10. This comes a day after Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath stirred controversy by claiming that the Kerala government supported jihadi elements and that his state had a better health record.

First Published: Oct 05, 2017 12:52 IST