THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Jana Raksha Yathra from Kannur to Thiruvananthapuram planned under the leadership of BJP state chief Kummanam Rajasekharan from October 3-16 is likely to create a sensation with the party’s central leadership deploying the Chief Ministers of three BJP- ruled states and several Union Ministers to walk alongside the party workers during the padayathra.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Manohar Parrikar and Sarbananda Sonowal of Madhya Pradesh, Goa and Assam, respectively are the CMs scheduled to come down for the high-voltage event while Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Chemicals and Fertilisers Ananth Kumar, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, Health Minister J P Nadda, Law Minister Sadananda Gowda, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari will represent the Union Cabinet.Significantly, specific instructions have been issued to the Chief Ministers and Central Ministers expected to take part to walk a considerable distance during the padayathra and not to restrict their engagement to addressing the public meetings.
Leading from the front, BJP national chief Amit Shah will be in Kannur on two out of the four days - October 4 and 5 - when the yathra will tour the district. BJP workers will undertake the yatra’s entire course in the district on foot.However, outside Kannur the participants will proceed on foot in some places and travel in vehicles during the remainder of the course. BJP national executive member P K Krishnadas said 2,000 to 10,000 workers will be walking at a time.
Shah, who will rejoin the yathra at Attingal on the last day on October 16, will be received at Sreekariyam at 3 pm and he will proceed on foot to Putharikandam Maidan at East Fort where the yathra will conclude. Gadkari also will attend the valedictory function.Besides the 14 valedictory meetings in the evening on all 14 days of the yathra , major public meetings will be held at Koilandy, Vadakara, Vengara, Pattambi, Chengannur and Kottarakkara.