Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 29: Launching a scathing attack on the Left Front government headed by Chief Minister P. Vijayan for its failure to contain violence against the Dalits, and to streamline the distribution of subsidised food grains and rice through ration shops, Kerala State BJP President K Rajasekharan launched his 24-hour fast on Thursday.
BJP national spokesman and former chairman of National Commission for the SC/ST, Vijay Sonkar Shastri was particularly present on the launching of the fast. BJP workers came in procession at the venue of the fast that is to end on Friday morning.
Women workers also offered ‘Pongala’ (ritualistic offering of porridge made of rice) in front of the Secretariate raising slogans against the government of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, which they alleged had failed in proper distribution of rice and foodgrains to the poor people.
Former union minister and BJP’s lone MLA in the assembly, O Rajagopal, was among those who spoke. BJP leaders alleged that atrocities against Dalits have increased during the LDF's seven-month rule.
BJP has chosen to launch its protest against LDF on a day when the left front is organising a 700km long ‘human chain’ from Thiruvananthapuram to the northern tip of the state, Kasaragod at 5 pm to protest 'hardships' faced by people following demonetization of high-value notes.