Kerala: UP CM Yogi Adityanath Joins Amit Shah's 'Jan Raksha Yatra' In Kannur

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| October 4 , 2017 , 12:01 IST

As BJP national president Amit Shah's 14-day march against political violence in Kerala, the "Jan Raksha Yatra" against "political killings" of BJP-RSS cadres enters the second day, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has joined the Yatra on Wednesday in Kannur district of Kerala.

"This yatra is a mirror for communist governments in Kerala, West Bengal and Tripura. They should put an end to political killings," said Yogi from Kannur.  

"There is no place for violence in a democracy, but political killings are continuing here," he added. 

According to reports, Yogi Adityanath who is known for his raw Hindutva appeal, is being brought into the Yatra to boost the 'Hindutva' quotient and polarise opinion against the CPM, which the BJP alleges promotes violence and goes soft on Islamic fundamentalism. The BJP has also alleged that 120 of its workers have been killed by workers of the CPM.

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Yogi Adityanath is so far the only BJP CM that has been invited on the Yatra, which has been given the slogan "All must live! Against jihadi-red terror" in sync with the BJP campaign against the Left for appeasing minority fundamentalists.

Bringing in a Chief Minister of another state to participate in political activities in another state, the BJP has changed the previous trend of BJP CMs being largely restricted to their respective states. Apart from the Hindutva angle, Yogi Adityanath is also being seen as a crowd-puller, especially in Kerala due to the novelty of his visit.

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Arriving in Kannur, the home district of chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Yogi is scheduled to take part in the Yatra and other political events and would likely spend the whole day in the state, meeting with party workers as well.

Although Kerala boasts of some of the highest literacy levels in the nation, the most Islamic radicals having joined the Islamic State militant group also hailed from Kerala, where Hindus form roughly 55 percent of the population.