14 people, he claimed, were killed in Kannur after the communists came to power in May 2016, even though provisional police estimates put the figures at five BJP workers and three CPM workers. "Political atrocities are common in West Bengal, which was once ruled by the CPM, and in Tripura".
The BJP is desperately trying to up its political profile in Kerala, where the two main traditional fronts are led by the CPI-M and the Congress. "But when BJP workers, who are supporters of a nationalistic thinking, are brutally killed, then the silence of these so-called custodians of human rights becomes unsafe for the country", Tiwari said.
Shah said the march was a non-violent protest against political killings. "In democracy, democratic protest is the way to go", he said.More news: Rangana Herath fourth fastest to 400 Test wickets
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The party President is on a three-day visit to the state, during his visit he will launch the "Jan Raksha Yatra" (people's protection march) on 3 Oct and will be holding two public meetings on 4 and 5 October.
Shah held Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan responsible for the violence in the state.
Even as BJP president blamed Kerala government for the murders of party workers, 3 BJP partymen were attacked in Neeleswaram town in Kasargod on Monday. The attack took place around 9:30pm when the BJP workers were decorating a part of the National Highway 66 for the march. With the Congress, the main opposition party in the state, and the Left, maintaining a coordination against the BJP in politics at the national lever, the saffron party believes that it can occupy the opposition space in Kerala and build on its gains to become a major force by the next Lok Sabha polls.
This Yatra will start on Wednesday from Delhi BJP office and will be joined by party Vice President Delhi Incharge Shyam Jaju, and Union Minister Jitender Singh and will conclude with a sit-in and demonstration at the CPM office at Bhai Veer Singh Marg in central Delhi.