Modi attacks 'looting fronts' of Kerala

PM sets tone for BJP's run-up to next year polls

Modi attacks 'looting fronts' of Kerala

Narendra Modi on Monday marked his first date with Kerala as Prime Minister with an all-out attack on the state’s two main political fronts. He also set the tone for BJP’s run-up to next year’s Assembly election by claiming that Kerala was ready for change.

Addressing BJP activists at the Thekkinkad ground in Thrissur, the Prime Minister lauded partymen in Kerala for having toiled for decades in the face of combative political adversaries and electoral reverses. “In the state where reformers including Sree Narayana Guru worked hard to end social untouchability, we still have political untouchability.

Opposing political voices have been aggressively muffled and sometimes eliminated,” Modi said. The Prime Minister remembered “about 200 BJP activists” who were killed in political violence in Kerala.

Kerala factor

Modi said Kerala has had the “misfortune” of being sandwiched between two political fronts (one led by the Congress and the other by the CPM). “One coalition loots the state for five years and is voted out by angry people; the next coalition takes over and continues to loot.

But now, a third force has risen — a force like Shiva’s third eye that could burn down corruption,” he said. Pointing at BJP’s performance in the recent local body election, Modi said Kerala was ready for a political change. The BJP is yet to win an Assembly or Lok Sabha seat in the state.

The Prime Minister listed out the Union government’s measures in addressing issues faced by expatriates, specifically from Kerala, and recalled how nurses from the state who were held captive by terrorists in Yemen were rescued and brought home.

Youth initiative

 He said youngsters from the state could lead the Digital India initiative and said the government was in the process of addressing rubber farmers’ issues and developing a policy that proposes modernised fishing.

Modi highlighted a 40 per cent growth in FDI and strides in industry and manufacturing sectors. He also said about Rs 2,100 crore had been disbursed to 2.25 lakh people from Kerala under the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana.

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