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Delhi BJP takes out 'padyatra' against political violence in

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Union ministers and Vijay Goel along with other leaders marched here today to protest the CPI(M)'s alleged targeting of party workers in

president had yesterday flagged off a 'Jan Raksha Yatra' in and had announced that a 'padyatra' will be held in all the state capitals from today over the issue of political violence in

The violence by the Left in is a "blot on Indian democracy", Singh said, while taking part in the protest.

The violence is not only against the but also against other political parties that believe in democracy, Singh said.

Several leaders and party workers, including the two ministers, city unit president Manoj Tiwari, Shahnawaj Hussain, Vijender Goel, marched from the office towards CPI(M) office at the Bhai Veer Singh Marg.

They were stopped close to the Left party's office at a police barricade.

Singh claimed that the protest was aimed at preserving the Gandhian principle of non-violence, democratic values, the country's culture.

He also urged other political parties to pay heed to the violence allegedly perpetrated by "the Communists in Kerala".

"Other parties should not be under the illusion that violence in affects only the because its a blot and a curse on Indian democracy," Singh said.

"has accepted this challenge to restore the Gandhian ideal of non-violence because violence could not be a means to further political goals," he said.

Goel too hit out at the government and also blamed the local police for the violence against BJP-RSS workers.

"No justice can be expected in a state where a section of police maintains that they are Communists. It cannot be allowed to continue," he said.

The chief is also likely to attend a protest march by the party at the CPI(M) office here on October 8, party sources said.

As many as 120 workers have been killed in Kerala, the has alleged.

The CPI(M) has, in turn, accused the and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) of resorting to violence and denied the involvement of its government and leadership in the political killings.

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First Published: Wed, October 04 2017. 15:32 IST