Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday joined the 'jana raksha yatra' in Kannur to voice his protest against the CPM violence, allegedly targeting the RSS and BJP workers in Kerala.
Adityanath joined Kerala BJP president Kummanam Rajashekharan in the 7 km march, which started from Keecheri. The day's yatra will conclude at the Thalassery Stadium by around 5 pm. After the march, the UP CM will address a gathering near the stadium.
"Political killings are taking place in the state. We are here to create awareness in the regard, especially the way the BJP and RSS workers are being targeted. Through this march, we are trying to show a mirror to the government of Kerala. The killings of innocent people should stop," Adityanath said.
"There is no scope for political violence in a democracy but unfortunately Kerala, God's Own Country, is witnessing politically sponsored violence. With this yatra we will make people aware about the misrule of the CPM. People are also coming out in huge numbers in support of this," PTI quoted Adityanath as saying.
RSS and BJP activists from Kannur, Taliparamba and Nadapuram constituencies would join the march on Wednesday. The march will pass along Keecheri-Kannur national highway.
BJP president Amit Shah had launched the jana raksha yatra from Payyanur, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's hometown, in Kannur on Tuesday.
The yatra will travel through 11 districts in the state before culminating in Thiruvananthapuram on October 17. Several Union ministers will also participate in the march under the theme of 'All have to live! Against Jihadi-Red Terror'.
Shah had also announced a padayatra in all state capitals against the CPM's alleged targeting of his party workers and questioned Pinarayi over the political violence in the state.
The BJP has alleged that as many as 120 BJP workers, 84 in Kannur alone, have been killed in the state since 2001, with 14 of them in Pinarayi's hometown since he took over the reigns as CM last year.