Adding punch to BJP’s ongoing “Jana Raksha Yatra’ in God’s Own Country Kerala, BJP’S Hindutva face Yogi Adityanath has landed in Kerala to take on Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Surrounded by a sea of supporters, he joined the padayatra launched by party president Amit Shah to raise the pitch against ruling CPIM’s murder politics. Yogi focussed on jihadi terror in his discourse accusing the Left government of failing to take steps to check a dangerous trend like love jihad.

The yatra, which will see top BJP leaders relay-walk across the state towards the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram, aims at bringing the party to the mainstream in Kerala, where the Left and the Congress have traditionally played lead roles.

BJP’s “Chalo Kerala” mission reflects its need to establish its presence in the state in the upcoming 2019 general election. In last year’s assembly elections, the BJP had won a single seat. It has never won a Parliament seat.

The Left has meanwhile accused BJP of an insidious strategy in bringing Yogi Adityanath to a state where Hindutva politics has never taken centrestage.