The people of Kerala should elect the BJP to play the role of a “strong umpire” to prevent the Congress and CPM from “looting” the state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his first election rally in Kerala on Friday.
Modi said the people of Kerala are educated, experienced and simple, but they “don’t understand the perfect scientific arrangement” of the Congress and CPM to “loot” the people.
Accusing the Congress-led UDF and CPM-headed LDF of making a “deal” to loot Kerala by turn every five years, the Prime Minister said, “Their business is such that there is no umpire in Assembly. To save Kerala, BJP should be the umpire. We will not allow them to loot Kerala.”
Pointing at the crowd, he said, “I haven’t seen such a large crowd during my previous functions in Kerala. This huge gathering is an indication that a third force would rise in the state Assembly.”
Palakkad is the only municipal council in Kerala ruled by BJP. The party has fielded Sobha Surendran to take on the Congress’s Shafi Parambil and CPM’s N N Krishnadas.
Stating that the BJP’s aim is development of the state, Modi said the NDA should be given a chance.
In his 20-minute address, Modi also highlighted what his government has done for the state in the last two years. Recalling the Centre’s intervention to evacuate nurses from Kerala stuck in strife-torn countries, he said, “Last year, when our daughters who had gone to work as nurses in Gulf countries, were abducted by terrorists, we could not sleep peacefully. (External Affairs Minister) Sushma Swaraj worked day and night to get them back…and we could save them.’’
He pointed out that the government took steps during the terror attack in Yemen to bring Indians back home, and a priest abducted by Taliban in Afghanistan was rescued after nine months. Further, “When I got a chance, two persons from Kerala — Suresh Gopi and Richard Hay — were nominated to Rajya Sabha.’’
Modi recalled his government’s intervention during the recent fireworks tragedy in Kollam: “Within three hours, the government (Centre) came rushing to the spot with expert doctors.” Taking a dig at the Oommen Chandy government, he said, “Look at Kerala, the government was nowhere to be seen when a Dalit girl was raped and murdered.’’
He blamed CPM for the violence in Kerala. “CPM knows only the language of violence. They killed our workers as they cannot fight us ideologically,” he said.
Referring to the “insult” meted out to a college principal in Palakkad on her retirement day by making a symbolic grave, Modi said, “We respect teachers. But Communists dug a grave for a teacher on the day of her retirement. Will you forgive them?”