The complete lawlessness that prevailed in Haryana after the Dera Sacha supremo Gurmeet was found guilty of rape has put the BJP in defensive that the saffron party was forced to withdraw its Janaraksha Yatra planned to highlight the deteriorating law and order and the red terror allegedly perpetrated by the CPI(M). The party which has been trying to highlight the political violence in Kerala to score political points has now been completely defenseless after the BJP government in Haryana completely failed in their duty to maintain law and order, for which it has come under severe criticism from High Court. Amit Shah was to inaugurate the yatra on 7 September.
Though officially the party said the yatra is postponed due to the inconvenience of Amit Shah, reports quoting insiders suggest that inconvenience is the political situation developed after the Haryana incidents.
Amit Shah was scheduled to flag off the yatra from Payyannur in Kannur district and as per the earlier plan, he was to accompany the party state president Kummanam Rajashekharan for two days. The roadshow was to conclude at the state capital.
“The yatra to be led by state BJP chief Kummanom Rajasekharan, which was scheduled to commence on 7 September, has been postponed to October,” a party release said. It added that the decision was taken in view of the “inconvenience” of Shah and central leaders to attend it.
State BJP is embroiled in factional feud after some of its leaders have been accused of accepting bribes.
Meanwhile, the CPI(M) alleged that Shah was planning to visit the state to “create trouble” and said it was called off solely out of the incidents happened in Haryana.
The Left party’s Kannur district secretary P Jayarajan said the BJP president should first lead a march to Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana, where his party was in power.
He also alleged that “insecurity and law-and-order issues” were “severe” in the states ruled by the saffron party. Jayarajan alleged that the Sangh Parivar was showing its “intolerance” as the Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF government was “surging ahead with mass support” in Kerala.
“Amit Shah is coming to Kerala to create trouble...to destroy the reputation of the state, which is known for its secular and democratic credentials,” he said.
Jayarajan also said that in Kerala, there was tension “only in the minds of the BJP-RSS activists”.
“The slogan of the BJPs Janaraksha Yatra is that everyone has a right to live. If that is so, Shah should first take out a march to Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh, which are ruled by his party,” he said.