Modi has hurt pride of Keralites with Somalia remark, will reflect on poll results: Antony

This will be a vote against the politics of violence and communalism and it will be a vote for peace, Antony said.

By: PTI | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:May 16, 2016 9:53 am
Former Defence minister and senior Congress leader AK Antony. Former Defence minister and senior Congress leader AK Antony.

Congress leader A K Antony today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s controversial Kerala-Somalia comparison will impact the prospects of BJP, which has been pulling out all the stops in its bid to open its account in Kerala Assembly.

“Modi had compared Kerala to Somalia, which is infamous for starvation deaths and sea pirates. The pride of Keralites has been hurt,” Antony told reporters after exercising his franchise at a booth here.

“The Prime minister had an opportunity to apologise for the remark, but he did not do that,” the former Defence Minister said, adding the remark would affect the BJP’s prospects.

Share This Article
Share
Related Article

Modi, while addressing an election rally here, had compared the infant deaths in some tribal areas in the state with that to Somalia.

However, BJP defended the Prime Minister, saying people were “twisting facts” and he had only highlighted the plight of the tribal community in the state and his desire was to improve their living conditions.

Expressing confidence that Kerala will create history by voting to power the UDF government again, Antony said the Marxist-led LDF will have to sit in the opposition for the next five years and BJP will not open its account.

This will be a vote against the politics of violence and communalism and it will be a vote for peace, he said.

The attack on RMP candidate K K Rema at Vatakara will prove dangerous for the LDF, he added.

  1. A
    Abey
    May 16, 2016 at 6:36 am
    Gujarat MP slips into a drain because of poor civic conditions. Kerala and Somalia do not have any civic conditions, so not to worry.
    Reply
  2. S
    sa
    May 16, 2016 at 9:00 am
    loser khangressi
    Reply
  3. V
    Victor
    May 16, 2016 at 7:47 am
    This guy is insane. No one in Kerala respect him as he was a complete failure both organizationally and in govt as well. He cheated his own colleagues and always fought for power in Kerala. His ignment is now to please madam.
    Reply