Having started BJP's anti-Left Jan Raksha Yatra in Kerala, party chief Amit Shah on Sunday flagged off a protest march from Connaught Place to the CPM headquarters at Bhai Veer Singh Marg in Delhi, amid vociferous chants of Vande Mataram and Jai Shri Ram.
Lashing out at the Pinarayi Vijayan-led CPM government in Kerala, Shah said that no amount of intimidation could stop the lotus from blooming in the Left-ruled state. Upping the ante, BJP national vice-president and in-charge of Delhi Shyam Jaju virtually threatened the Left government in Kerala with dismissal and imposition of President's rule.
"Since the Left came to power in Kerala, several workers of the BJP and Sangh (RSS) have been killed. The killings are brutal, bodies are chopped into pieces. It is done to terrorise those who support the BJP that they will meet the same fate. But the more muck of murders they spread, the lotus will bloom better," the BJP chief said.
Shah squarely blamed Vijayan for the spate of killings in Kerala saying, maximum killings had taken place in the chief minister's home district.
"Politics of violence is in the nature of communists. It is not a coincidence that the maximum political violence is reported from West Bengal, Tripura and Kerala where the communists have been in power for long. Wherever they have been in power, they have turned the political culture into one of violence," he said.
"I want to tell the CPM and Congress that communists have disappeared from the world and Congress from India. And BJP, which was launched with 10 persons, is today the world's largest party with 11 crore workers," Shah said.
"You (BJP workers in Kerala) are not alone. We are with you... If the law and order of the state does not improve, if the Left government does not behave, we have the power to bring Presidential rule in the state," Jaju said.
The CPM, however, dubbed BJP's March as a big flop of tactics applied to divert attention from real issues and likened it to "mounting a siege" that would go as unprecedented in the history of a ruling party.
"Ruling party mounting a siege on another national party's headquarters is unprecedented in the history of politics and is a reflection of a fascist mindset. BJP chief virtually ran away from Kerala and thus chose this place to show brute strength, but this too turned out to be big flop like Kerala" said CPM general secretary, Sitaram Yechury at a hurriedly called press conference.
Yechury blamed the BJP and its cultural fountainhead RSS for initiating the trouble in Kerala to reap benefits through communal polarisation.
"They know that without resorting to communal polarisation they cannot win elections on real economic issues. And for that they tried to seep in North Kerala where the Muslims are in majority. The LDF government tried again and again to resolve the issue through political dialogue but either the RSS and the BJP did not come or they passed the buck among each other," said Yechury.
While Shah flagged off the march, it was led by Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, Jaju, Central minister and Kerala politician KJ Alphonse, besides Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi.
Veteran Delhi politician Vijay Malhotra too addressed BJP workers who frequently broke into slogans such as "Lal gulami chhod kar bolo Vande Mataram" (leave affiliation to the red and chant Vande Mataram)."
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