Kodiyeri Balakrishnan: Amit Shah is a toothless lion

The reports from traders in Gujarat Modi's home turf were too negative to ignore forcing even Amit Shah to take a leave from the Kerala tour to address the issue with Modi. PTI file

Kodiyeri Balakrishnan: Amit Shah is a toothless lion

Ahead of Shah's campaign in Kannur against alleged killing of party and RSS workers in Kerala; three BJP workers were allegedly attacked by Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI (M) workers in Kerala's Kasaragod district.

Shah had launched the high profile "Janaraksha Yatra" (People's Protection March) 15-day yatra from Payyannur in Kannur on October 3 against the alleged "red and jihadi terrorism" under the CPI (M)-led LDF rule in Kerala.

While Amit Shah cut short his tour of Kerala, Jaitley returned from Dhaka for the meeting with Modi, who on Wednesday night put up a strong defence of the government's handling of the economy and hit back at critics saying they were spreading pessimism all round.

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

The CPI (M) has, in turn, accused the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) of resorting to violence and denied the involvement of its government and leadership in political killings. "Finally, Amit Shah skipped his visit to Kerala", said Ramesh Chennithala. The leaders explained that he cancelled the march because Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked him to stay in Delhi. "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. Billed as Kerala Janraksha Yatra, Shah was joined by other leaders to create a fresh buzz about his party in the state.

"As many as 120 BJP-RSS workers, 84 in Kannur alone, have been killed in the state since 2001, with 14 of them in the chief minister's home district", stated Adityanath.

Bhubaneswar: Odisha BJP on Wednesday staged a demonstration at Master Canteen Square here against the killing of BJP and RSS workers in Kerala.

Comparing the situations in Kerala and Karnataka, Shah suggested that those who protest the murders of MM Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh maintain a silence on leftist violence.

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