THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As part of efforts to bring the political violence being unleashed against its cadre to national attention, BJP national president Amit Shah will lead a march from Kannur to Thiruvananthapuram. The itinerary will be decided at the BJP office- bearers meeting to be held in Thrissur on Monday.In the wake of increasing attacks on BJP and RSS workers under the LDF rule, the BJP and Sangh Parivar outfits had launched a strong campaign at the national level citing Kerala had become a killing field.There were plans to bring in several national leaders to the state capital to stage a sit-in in front of the Secretariat. The presence of such a large number of leaders of the national ruling party would have brought the attention of the entire national media. It was following a meeting with the state president Kummanam Rajasekharan that Amit Shah’s yatra was planned.
Shah had been critical of the lacklustre functioning of the state leaders. Taking out the march will give a chance for the current leadership to bury their differences and put up a united face.
It will further help the party machinery to galvanise itself to take up future challenges and help tide over the current crisis in the wake of the medical college bribery issue.
The spurt in violence in the capital city had culminated in the attack on the BJP state headquarters and the cold-blooded murder of an RSS Basthi kariavah at Sreekariam. Over 20 houses, including that of seven Corporation councillors, were attacked in retaliation. The house of CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan’s son also came under attack. The CPM was on the defensive after the CCTV visuals revealed councillor I P Binu himself had led the attack on the BJP office.
BJP district president S Suresh told reporters the other day there was a tacit understanding between the police and the prosecution.
“BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan has already named the police officers, who had been functioning according to the directives of the CPM leadership. In spite of largescale violence against our party workers, only four CPM activists were arrested. However, 11 of our activists were arrested,” he said. Kummanam also sought a probe into the conspiracy angle behind the death of Rajesh.The sittings conducted by the Commission for Scheduled Castes, and the officers of the Human Rights panel have forced the Government to invoke the SC/ST Act in the case. With Amit Shah touring the state, it will make the state government tread cautiously in dealing with political violence.
The itinerary will be decided at the BJP office- bearers meeting to be held in Thrissur on Monday