Intensifying its national campaign to highlight the political violence in Kerala and embarrass the CPI(M)-led state government, the BJP has planned simultaneous protests and Padyatra in Kerala and Delhi’s Jantar Mantar from October 3 to 16. The party expects several top Union Ministers to join the protests to be held in Kerala, especially on the day the Padayatra is flagged-off on October 3.
The party has also asked all its allies to cooperate and show their strength in the state.
“Each wing of the BJP — including the fronts for youth, women, SCs and STs and farmers — has been directed to ensure that at least 100 workers join the padyatra in Kerala on a daily basis. Thus, there will be about 1,000 BJP activists from across the country on each day of the agitation,” a senior BJP leader said told The New Indian Express. The report says that Union Ministers and Chief Ministers of NDA ruled states will be participating in the protests in the Kerala.
Meanwhile a petition has been filed before the Kerala High Court seeking a directive to the Kannur District Collector to prevent the BJP from conducting any procession on public road at Kannur. AK Rajesh from Kottayam filed the petition.
The petition alleged that with the rally being held in a district with the highest number of political murders, the padayatra would worsen the situation in the district.
The petition also pointed out that while in Kolkata and Karnataka police have banned BJP rallies as it would harm public harmony, no such action has been taken in Kerala.
The petition has cited earlier directives of HC that banned such events.