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Amit Shah Kicks Off Anti-Left Rally, Says They're 'Politically Violent by Nature'

The BJP president took up the cudgels against the human rights activists, questioning why they weren’t protesting “political murders” in Kerala. "Their selective protest exposes them. Why don't they carry out a candle march against their fellow Red comrades?"


Updated:October 8, 2017, 3:02 PM IST
Amit Shah Kicks Off Anti-Left Rally, Says They're 'Politically Violent by Nature'
BJP chief Amit Shah addresses supporters at the Jan Raksha Yatra in New Delhi on Sunday.

New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday launched into a tirade against the CPI(M) rule in Kerala, saying Communists are “politically violent by nature” and that the bodies of “our workers were chopped into pieces to instill fear".

Shah, who left his Kerala "Raksha Yatra" midway earlier this week, undertook a march to the Left party's office in the national capital, urging his party workers to fight the "tyranny of the Left". He alleged that over 120 RSS-BJP workers had been murdered in Kerala ever since the Communists came to power.

"Since the Left came to power in Kerala, several workers of the BJP and Sangh (RSS) have been killed. The killings are brutal, bodies are chopped into pieces. It is done to terrorise those who support the BJP that they will meet the same fate. But the more the muck of murders they spread, the lotus will bloom better," Shah said.

"Politics of violence is in their (Communists') nature. It is not a coincidence that the maximum political violence is reported from West Bengal, Tripura and Kerala where the Communists have been in power for long. Wherever they have been in power, they have turned the political culture into that of violence," he said.

Shah trained his guns on the Congress, too, saying just as Communists had finished around the world, the Congress was finished in India.

Shah also hit out at, what he called, the "champions of human rights" over their "silence" on the communist atrocities. He said their "selective protests" have exposed their bias. "Their selective protest exposes them. Why don't they carry out a candle march against their fellow Red comrades? Why do they not take out any march at the India Gate against the atrocities committed by the Left?"

He attacked Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan for his failure to control political violence in his state. "He should be ashamed of himself. The maximum number of killings have occurred under his nose, within his own district."

"The Reds think they will be able to stop thoughts and ideas from spreading through violence. I want to tell the CPI (M) and Congress that communists have disappeared from the world and Congress from India. And BJP, which was launched with 10 persons, is today the world's largest party with 11 crore workers," Shah said.

Shah led a march from central Delhi's Connaught Place to the CPI(M) headquarters in the Gole Market area, a distance of about 1.5 km. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam and the party's Lok Sabha MPs from the national capital were in tow.

Earlier this week, Shah had kicked off the Jan Raksha Yatra (people's protection march) from Payyannur in Kerala. According to the party, he skipped the march in Pinarayi — the hometown of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan — as he had to attend a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Shah is expected to join the BJP workers in Thiruvananthapuram, where BJP-RSS workers currently on the march in different parts of the state will come together, on the last day of the “Raksha Yatra”.

The Bhartiya Janata Party is pushing itself beyond the Hindi heartland, seeking a foothold in a region that has historically been dominated by the Left.

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| Edited by: Mirza Arif Beg
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