After BJP chief Amit Shah was panned for leaving his Kerala yatra midway, it has emerged that he had to rush to Delhi after being called there by PM Narendra Modi. Shah was supposed to rejoin the Janarakha Yatra on Thursday as it passed though the CPM hotbed in Kannur.
Expecting Shah's participation, security was tightened along the road and hundreds of policemen were deployed at key points.
Both the ruling CPI (M) and the Opposition Congress took turns to blast the BJP for what they described as attempts to divide people in Kerala by forcing on them "rabble-rousers of the likes of Adityanath". The BJP has not yet said who will lead the yatra on Thursday. "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.
News18, quoting sources, said that that Modi, Shah and Jaitley had discussed the state of the economy at the meeting, and that a major announcement can be expected before Diwali.
Shah was to lead the foot march through Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's ancestral village to show of power in a state where BJP has never come close to power. The yatra portrays BJP at the vanguard of countering "red-jihadi terror".
A day earlier, Yogi Adithyanath was burried in angry responses and jibes as he said Kerala must learn from UP, a state that has rock bottom ratings in most development indices, unlike Kerala.
Referring to the alleged murders of BJP and RSS cadres in Kannur and other parts of Kerala by CPI-M workers, Yogi backfired at CM Pinarayi Vijayan and the Left, terming the murders to be "politically motivated killings".
"The fact that the ruling party of the country is daily organising protests outside the office of a national political party speaks much about the lumpen politics that Amit Shah has introduced".