Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday joined BJP's 'Jan Raksha Yatra' (people's protection march) against the violence unleashed by the CPM in Kerala. Adityanath was joined by Kerala BJP unit president Kummanam Rajashekharan in the seven-km march.
"There is no scope for political violence in a democracy but unfortunately Kerala, God's own land, is witnessing politically sponsored violence," Adityanath has said. 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 home town since he took over the reins last year, the BJP has alleged.
The yatra was launched the yatra from Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's home town in Kannur district. The yatra (people's protection march) will travel through the state before culminating in Thiruvananthapuram on October 17. Several Union ministers will also participate in the march under the theme of 'All have to live! Against Jihadi-Red Terror'. Shah, who is on a three-day visit to the state, will again take part in the rally in Kannur on Thursday.