Altering plans to participate in his party’s march in Kerala, BJP President Amit Shah cut short his visit to return back to Delhi to attend a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On Thursday, Shah was to participate in the party march in the home town of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
BJP has been aggressively taking on the incumbent Left-front government in Kerala with flurry of leaders, including UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath leading the march on Wednesday.
Today, BJP’s state unit chief K Rajasekharan told reporters that Shah would be unable to attend the phase of the ‘Janaraksha Yatra’ (People’s Protection March) that would pass from Mambaram to Thalassery, crossing Pinaryi town in Kannur district.
He said Shah has to attend a meeting with Prime Minister Modi in New Delhi.
Shah launched 15-day yatra from Payyannur in Kannur on October 3, aimed at taking on the CPI(M)-led government over the issue of political violence in the state. Kerala has seen recurrent clashes between the CPI(M) and RSS workers off-late.
Senior BJP leaders are expected to participate in the yatra which will conclude on October 17 at Thiruvananthapuram.
On the other hand, Marxist leader from Kannur, MV Govindan, Master said the march will not have any impact on the left party’s strength and its base in the state.
“In a democracy all political parties can take out yatras and there are no restrictions,” he said adding Shah not attending the march today was an “anti climax.”
Senior Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala also took a dig at Shah skipping the march and returning back to Delhi.
(With inputs from PTI)