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After Janraksha Yatra, BJP juniors are here with 'Chalo Kerala'

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BJP flags ABVP will organize the Chalo Kerala march to protest political violence: File photo

New Delhi: Days after BJP chief Amit Shah's 'padyatra' in Kerala, the ABVP today announced a march in Thiruvananthapuram next month against the state's ruling CPM for its alleged violent targeting of BJP-RSS activists.

The 'Chalo Kerala' march will be organized on November 11.

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, an RSS-affiliated students' organization, plans to mobilize around 50,000 cadres across India for the march aimed at spreading awareness about the alleged violence committed by the CPM.

ABVP national general-secretary Vinay Bidre said the communist party has for years been involved in killing their political opponents in Kerala.

"Even the common people have started getting affected by the cadres of CPM. Though this march would not bring an end to this practice, it would act as a platform to find a solution," Bidre told reporters here.

The activists of both the BJP and the CPM have been targeted in political violence in Kerala. Nearly 120 BJP workers have been killed in the state, the BJP has claimed.

Shah on October 3 had flagged off a 'Janaraksha Yatra' in Kerala. He announced the 'padyatra' from October 3 across the country against political violence in Kerala.

Asked to comment about victims of political violence on the CPM side, Bidre said if their victims were "real", they would have staged agitations and demonstrations. "None are protesting, which means there are no real victims."

In a statement, the ABVP accused Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and other cabinet ministers of being involved in the violence.

ABVP's national media convener Saket Bahuguna slammed the left party for denying "freedom of expression" to RSS and ABVP cadres.

"The communists shout for freedom in other places, but in a state ruled by their party their political rivals are denied such freedom," Bahuguna said.

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