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Yogi Adityanath participates in BJP's Janaraksha Yatra in Kerala

Yogi Adityanath participates in BJP's Janaraksha Yatra in Kerala

Taking a dig at the absence of BJP president Amit Shah, who was scheduled to join the march from Mambaram to Thalassery here on Thursday, CPI (M) district secretary P. Jayarajan said the yatra had become a deflated balloon after Mr. Shah chose to skip the event.

Shah has launched a 15-day rally in Kerala to target the state's CPI (M) government with the BJP accusing the Left party of being on a "killing spree" against its party workers.

Meanwhile, Shah on Thursday skipped the second leg of the party's padayatra in Kerala to make himself available for a meeting with prime minister Narendra Modi.

State BJP unit on Thursday took out a protest march against the atrocities on activists and their families affiliated to BJP and RSS in Kerala.

Expecting Shah's participation, security was tightened along the road and hundreds of policemen were deployed at key points.

Yogi Adityanath in Kerala to fight alleged rise of extremism
After the yatra's launch, Mr Shah marched along with BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan up to Pilathara. It posted its most spectacular performance in Uttar Pradesh, where Yogi Adityanath was made Chief Minister.

CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat also reportedly said: "Amit Shah is deliberately inciting violence against #CPIM leaders & its workers". "Vijayan is heading a government that denies the democratic rights of people and has turned out to be a miserable failure to maintain peace", said Adityanath, speaking to the media during a break in the course of his yatra.

Reacting to Adityanath's comments on infant mortality rate (IMR) in Kerala, Vijayan said, "The infant mortality rate in Kerala is 10 while the national average is 34 and in Uttar Pradesh, it is 43".

The Yatra led by Kummanam Rajasekharan was planned to expose 'Jihadi horror and Red terror, ' in Kerala.

However, a report in the Deccan Herald had said that the visit was postponed as the RSS believed that the state BJP leaders are not committed to strengthening the party.

Half way through the Janarakshayathra in the district, where the march is scheduled to pass through for four days, things look a bit under control with the two warring political parties - CPM and BJP - adhering to restraint and avoiding open clashes. Shah is expected to take the protest forward on Thursday.

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