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Adityanath in Kerala for protest, says no scope for political violence in democracy

LiveMint logoLiveMint 04-10-2017 PTI

Keecheri, Kerala: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath marched here on Wednesday to voice his protest against the CPI(M) allegedly targeting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in the state and said there was no scope for political violence in a democracy.

Adityanath was joined by Kerala BJP unit president Kummanam Rajashekharan in the 7 kilometre march.

“There is no scope for political violence in a democracy but unfortunately Kerala, God’s own land, is witnessing politically sponsored violence,” Adityanath told PTI.

“With this yatra we will make people aware about the misrule of the CPI(M). People are also coming out in huge numbers in support of this,” he added.

BJP president Amit Shah had yesterday launched the ‘Jan Raksha Yatra’ (people’s protection march) from Kerala 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 17 October.

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 take part in the rally in Kannur tomorrow. The BJP chief had also announced a ‘padyatra’ in all state capitals against the CPI(M)’s alleged targeting of his party workers and questioned Vijayan over the political violence in the state.

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 reigns last year, the BJP has alleged.

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