BJP, RSS workers mercilessly murdered during CPM government's rule: Amit Shah

PTI New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 08, 2017, 01.26 PM(IST)

BJP President Amit Shah addresses party workers during a 'Jan Raksha Yatra' to protest the alleged murders of party workers in Kerala, in New Delhi on Sunday. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

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BJP chief Amit Shah on Sunday protested against the alleged killings of his party activists in Kerala with a 'Jan Raksha Yatra'

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah on Sunday protested against the alleged killings of his party activists in Kerala with a "Jan Raksha Yatra" (people`s protection march) in New Delhi.

The BJP president, while addressing the public, said that the party members are being threatened and lynched ever since the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) has come into power in Kerala.

"Since the CPM formed its government in Kerala, more than 12 workers of the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) have been mercilessly murdered. Life can be taken with a bullet, but the bodies of our workers were chopped to pieces to instill fear, even then we aren't scared of sacrifice. We won't revert with violence unlike the communist party. We do not believe in the politics of violence," Shah added.

Shah alleged that at least 120 BJP workers have been killed since the communists came to power in Kerala.

"The chief minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, should be ashamed of himself, because maximum political killings have taken place in his own home district," he added.

Shah further questioned all the human rights activists asking, "Where did they go when 12 BJP workers were brutally killed? If they are against violence, why don`t they carry out a candle march for our workers?"

He asserted that the BJP would challenge the left and the communists, wherever they are.

"We will begin a Satyagraha. We will not resort to violence. I urge you all to join our fight against the brutal regime of the left," Shah asserted.

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, after leaving his party`s march against the CPM in Kerala midway, embarked upon another yatra against the left party here today.

However, the president is expected to go back to Kerala on October 15, the day party's yatra ends.

The party will take out the Jan Raksha Yatra every day from every state capital till October 16.