Lord Ayyappa's devotees deserved flowers, not lathis: PM Modi attacks Vijayan govt in Kerala

Lord Ayyappa's devotees deserved flowers, not lathis: PM Modi attacks Vijayan govt in Kerala

He further said that people are seeing the saffron party's initiative to include educated people into politics.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday trained guns at Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan saying devotees of Lord Ayyappa did not deserve the treatment meted out to them and rather should have been welcomed with flowers. He also asserted that the people of Kerala are genuinely interested in the development agenda of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Addressing a rally in Pathanamthitta ahead of the Kerala Assembly elections, PM Modi launched the charm offensive saying, "There are times when people speak in one voice against tyrannical forces, that convey a special message to those in power. I am seeing a similar spirit in Kerala today. The people are seeing the development agenda of BJP, they relate with our policies."

He further said that people are seeing the saffron party's initiative to include educated people into politics. Pointing at 'Metroman' E Sreedharan, PM Modi said Sreedharan's active presence in BJP's election campaign speaks volumes of the party's agenda.

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"He (Sreedharan) has contributed so much and now, he has chosen BJP as a means to serve society," he said.

Attacking the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) and Congress-led Union Democratic Front (UDF), the Prime Minister said the two alliances in Kerala promote dynasty politics and sideline everything else.

He then asked, "What has the LDF done? First, they tried to distort Kerala's image, then they destroyed sacred places through their agents."

"Devotees of Lord Ayyappa who should have been welcomed with flowers have been welcomed with lathis. They aren't criminals," he added,

The elections for 140-seat Assembly in Kerala will be held in a single phase on April 6. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.

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