He also said that both parties have alternated in power ‘wasting’ opportunities in the 'God's Own Country’. (Agencies)
Addressing a well-attended party rally at the Shankumugham Beach in Thiruvananthapuram, Modi wanted the people to introspect whether they want to be ruled alternately by the Congress-led UDF and the CPI-M-led LDF.
Asserting that there is no qualitative difference between the two rival fronts, he said that for the last several decades, they had been ‘hoodwinking’ the people by engaging themselves in a shadow boxing.
Seizing on the TP Chandrasekharan murder case, which is now dominating the political debate in the state, he said that had it not been for the ‘politics of adjustment’ between both fronts, the slain RMP leader's wife Rema need not have gone on a fast demanding a CBI probe into the murder of her husband.
He alleged that the Communist Party did not believe in democracy and wanted instability for survival whether in Kerala or outside.
Under the rule of these coalitions, Kerala had wasted its huge potential in areas like tourism, holistic medicine and service sectors, he said.
"Why do lakhs of youth from this state go abroad in search of jobs, leaving their parents and beloved ones behind? It is time that you introspected who is responsible for the plight. These two fronts looted this sacred land. How can we go forward without bringing about a change to this situation?" he said.
When the whole nation started shifting to the computer age, the Communists had sought to halt it by propagating that the young ones who learn computer would turn American spies, Modi said.
In the case of development of agriculture, manufacturing and service sectors also Kerala had stagnated over the decades for ‘delays and indecisiveness’ of the ruling fronts.
Stating that Kerala has great potential for spiritual tourism, he said that a temple like Sabarimala visited by four crore people annually has been entirely left out from the ‘Incredible India’ campaign for promoting tourism.
In sharp contrast, Jagmohan, who was a minister in the NDA government led by AB Vajpayee, had taken great initiative to promote Vishnovi Devi temple when he was the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, he said.
At the outset, Modi paid rich tributes to the erstwhile royal rulers of Travancore who considered themselves as the ‘Padmanabhadasas’ and preserved immense treasures of the Padmanabhaswamy temple.
BJP national president Rajnath Singh, party leaders Subramaniam Swamy, Bandaru Dattatreya, state president V Muraleedharan and national secretary PK Krishnadas and senior leader O Rajagopal also addressed the gathering.
In his speech, Rajnath Singh said that the country needs a strong leader like Modi and attacked both Congress and the Left parties.
He said that the Congress had failed to implement its promises made during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.
Referring to the killing of two Kerala fishermen by Italian marines, he said that both the state and central ministers from Kerala has done nothing to protect the pride of Indians.
Swamy said that if the black money stashed away in Swiss banks is brought back, "There would be no need for people to pay tax for at least 20 years."
He said that he would approach the court soon to unravel the truth behind the IPL controversy in which Union Minister Shashi Tharoor's late wife Sunandha Puskar wanted to tell the world during her last days.
He also said that both parties have alternated in power ‘wasting’ opportunities in the 'God's Own Country’.