Amit Shah was scheduled to join the Janaraksha Yatra in Kerala, but he left for Delhi for a high-level meeting being conducted with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. This has fuelled speculations that a major announcement may be made. Some experts said that the announcement could be about new projects to revive the economy or it could also be about holding the Lok Sabha and assembly elections simultaneously. However, things would become clear only when the meeting is over and the government makes a public statement. The high-level meeting is being conducted at the Prime Minister’s residence. Some people also said that Amit Shah skipping the Kerala protest march could also have been on account of security concerns. There may have been intelligence reports about threat to Amit Shah in Kerala, which is why he may have had to skip the yatra. However, there is no official confirmation regarding this line of thought.
To provide for Shah’s absence, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken the primary charge of the padyatra in Kerala. Attacking the ruling CPM government in Kerala, Adityanath said that the Left party does not mind gaining power though use of guns. He also accused the CPM of working with Jihadi forces in the country. He said that this campaign will highlight the violence that is being used by the government to retain power in the state. He said that BJP will not allow Kerala to be changed to the land of ‘lal salaam’.