Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a blistering attack against the Pinarayi Vijayan led Kerala government over the Sabarimala issue and said that the people of India are seeing the manner in which the Communist Government of Kerala are disrespecting all aspects of Kerala’s culture.
“The issue of the Sabarimala Temple has caught the attention of the entire nation. The people of India are seeing the manner in which the Communist Government of Kerala are disrespecting all aspects of Kerala’s culture,” PM Modi saidat a public rally in Thrissur, Kerala.
"Let me tell you, neither the Congress nor Communists have any concern for women empowerment. If they did, they would not be opposing NDA's efforts to end Triple Talaq. India has had many women CM, but has even one of them been a Communist leader,? he added.
This is not the first time that the prime minister had slammed the Kerala government over the issue. On January 15, while addressing a gathering of BJP workers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tore into the CPI(M)-led LDF government in Kerala over its conduct in the Sabarimala temple issue, saying this will go down as "one of the most shameful behaviour" by any party and government in the country.
PM Modi also took on the Congress, which heads the United Democratic Front(UDF), asserting it has multiple stands on the issue of girls and women in the menstruating age group of 10-50 years offering prayers at the Ayyappa shrine in Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta district after the Supreme Court last year lifted the centuries-old ban on their entry.
As the BJP seeks to expand its footprint in Kerala, Modi also said that both the Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the UDF are "two sides of the same coin" on the issue of communalism, corruption and casteism.
PM Modi said for the last few months, the entire nation has been talking about Sabarimala.
''The conduct of Kerala LDF government on the Sabarimala issue will go down in history as one of the most shameful behaviour by any party and government," he told a gathering of BJP workers after officially declaring open the much-awaited 13-km long two-lane Kollam bypass on National Highway-66.
"We know that the communists do not respect the Indian history, culture and spirituality but nobody imagined they would have such hatred."
PM Modi's blistering attack on the Left sparked criticism from the CPI-M which said it is "shameful" that Modi attacked the LDF government for implementing Supreme Court's order on Sabarimala.
"Modi should read the Indian constitution which he is sworn to uphold rather than Manusmriti or RSS oath!," the CPI-M said in a tweet,
"And Modi should stop giving lectures on culture and history. Modi, Your culture is Hitler's culture! Don't disturb God's Own Country by your hate!," it said.