The politics of “compromise and contract” between the UDF and the LDF has so far ruled Kerala whose educated electorate have been “insulted” by the two sides, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today.
“A new model of politics has come up in Kerala. It is an adjustment politics, politics of compromise, politics of corruption and politics of contract to save each other,” he said at an election meeting here.
“It is a contract rule between UDF and LDF. For five years you rule and for another five years we will rule”. This is how the two Fronts have been returning to power in the state, Modi said attacking the two Fronts in the state.
Embarking on his second leg of electioneering for the May 16 assembly polls in Kerala, Modi took a swipe at the tie-up between Congress and CPI(M) in West Bengal and said both these parties were “insulting” the educated people of Kerala and they should understand the adjustment politics of the two parties.
He also attacked the CPI(M)’s “politics of violence” and said the Marxist party led Left Democratic Front’s Chief Ministerial candidate was an accused in a case relating to the murder of BJP worker at Thalassery years ago.
“Congress leaders in Kerala talk about the violence unleashed by CPI(M) cadres in the state, but when they go to West Bengal, they say only Communists can save West Bengal”, he said.
“I want to ask the educated people of the state if they would trust the parties who speak two languages in two places at one time”, Modi asked.
“This election is not about who will form the government in Kerala, but who will save Kerala and who will give jobs to Kerala’s youths and secure their future”, Modi said.
Seeking votes for BJP-NDA candidates, Modi highlighted the various development and welfare schemes launched by NDA government in the last two years in office.
“Government in Delhi is working out steps to help arecanut and coconut farmers and we are aware of the crisis faced by them”, he said.
The Prime Minister also mentioned about the benefits of Agriculture Crop Insurance and Mudra Yojana introduced by the NDA government.
“We have a dream. By 2022, when the India celebrates its 75th anniversary of independence, we want to double the income of farmers in the country”, Modi said amidst cheers from the huge crowd.
Attacking the CPI(M), Modi said Kerala has been “destroyed by politics of violence” as he mentioned the murder of a BJP activist years ago in Thalassery in Kannur district.
“One among those who killed him (BJP worker) is now the Chief Ministerial candidate of CPI(M) in Kerala. Will Kerala’s future be safe in the hands of these people,” Modi asked.
“I want to tell the media in Delhi, in Kerala, which is known as God’s Own Country, these innocent people have been killed and people of country were not aware of it”, he said, adding that people who were sitting with “eyes closed” should be aware of the politics of violence in this part of the country.
At the meeting, the Prime Minister also introduced to the crowd a victim of alleged CPI(M) violence, Sadananda Master whose legs were chopped off.
“He did not make any mistake, his only mistake was attackers did not agree with the victim’s ideology”, he said.
Referring to the recent brutal rape and murder of a dalit law student at Perumbavoor and evacuation of thousands of Indians including Keralite nurses from strife-torn areas abroad, Modi said the Centre always feels pain if something untoward incidents happens in Kerala.
The Prime Minister said when 102 persons had been killed a few years ago in a stampede at the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala, “none came. No question of Prime Minister coming” at that time.
“But within hours of the Puttingal temple tragedy in Kollam recently, where 109 persons had lost their lives, the Prime Minister of the country was here within hours to take stock of the situation,” he said.
“If we have to secure Kerala’s future, then corruption should be weeded out, politics of development instead of politics of violence should be embraced and the BJP should be given a chance”, he said and recalled the contributions of Adi Sankara, Sri Narayana Guru, Chattambi Swamigal and Ayyankali towards the social, cultural and educational fields of the state.
There was a loud applause from the crowd when the Prime Minister began his speech in Malayalam.