Amit Shah walks out of BJP's padayatra via Pinarayi


It began with Amit Shah dealing a direct blow to Kerala, West Bengal and Tripura - states ruled by communist parties either at present or in the past. The party's move to rope in its Hindutva mascot is expected to raise the morale of workers in Kerala, a State where BJP has never won.

Vijayan also asked Yogi to refrain from speaking on the basis of "false and fake" information provided by the state BJP leaders.

According to reports, BJP chief Amit Shah, Finance Minister Arun Jailtly and some other top leaders of the party are said to be attending the meeting.

Bharatiya Janata Party's "Janaraksha Yatra" has reached Pinarayi, native village of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, sans Amit Shah on Thursday.

The Jan Raksha Yatra (people's protection march) from Payyannur will travel through the state before culminating in Thiruvananthapuram on 17 October.

"In this so called Yatra of Amit Shah, he thinks a lie told a thousand times will become the truth, but that is not going to be happen", Karat said.

On Tuesday, Shah while flagging of the "Jana Raksha Yatra" being undertaken by Kerala BJP President Kummanem Rajasekheran at Payanur in Kannur district, had singled out Vijayan for the violence unleashed on BJP and RSS cadres in the state, especially in his home town Kannur. "It shows people have rejected the much-publicised exercise of the saffron party", said CPI (M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.

Given this, they expect nothing less than a focused and sustained attack against the CPI (M) today in an attempt to invite maximum media attention to the yatra and make it a widely televised event.

On Wednesday, Adityanath led the yatra along with Kerala BJP president Kummanam Rajashekharan.

Yogi Adityanath said that Kerala should learn how to run hospitals from UP. Adityanath, retorting to the obvious reference to the Gorakhpur hospital deaths, hit back with figures of dengue and chikungunya deaths in Kerala.