THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A day after BJP national president Amit Shah gave a clarion call to the elected representatives of the party across the state to work relentlessly to form the next government in Kerala, he exhorted leaders to work 24x7 to achieve the target.
Shah further said that the Narendra Modi government had given Rs 1.5 lakh crore worth of assistance to Kerala in the past three years.
He asked office-bearers from across the state to reach out to the booth-level to further strengthen the party to make it a winning party in the state. In a closed-door interaction with the office-bearers attended by state core committee members, Morcha office-bearers, district and zonal presidents, Shah enquired in detail about the functioning of the party in each constituency.
He reminded the leaders party work was a 24- hour duty and nobody could excuse himself from it. He asked them to be accountable to the party to ensure it wins several seats in the next elections. There is no point in saying the party has increased the vote share. He said he would visit the state in October to review the preparations for the Lok Sabha polls scheduled to be held in 2019.
Centre has been generous to the state, Shah says
Addressing a select gathering here on Saturday, he said, under the Modi Government, the centre has been generous to the state compared to the 10 years of the UPA Government from 2004 to 14.
“Compared to the 13th Finance Commission share of Rs 33,368 crore, the 14th Finance Commission under the Modi Government granted Rs 98,112 crore,” Shah said.
“The grant-in-aid during the 13th commission was Rs 5,476 crore while the 14th commission gave Rs 17,968 crore. For bridging the revenue deficit, under the UPA, there had been no allocation for Kerala. But the NDA Government granted Rs 9,519 crore.”
Further, he said the Local Body Grant during the 13th commission was Rs 2,732 crore while the Modi Government granted Rs 7,683 crore. For the Kochi Smart City project alone, Rs 1,257 crore was given. For micro-irrigation projects, Rs 180 crore was granted while the Blue Revolution was allocated Rs 113 crore. Under the Amruth City project, Rs 2,359 crore is the state’s share.
He claimed, for railway development, the Centre allocated Rs 25,000 crore in three years. For NH development, the state has received an allocation of Rs 64,000 crore. For the Vizhinjam port development, Rs 2,500 crore was the central contribution. Shah said, in Kerala, 32 lakh Jan Dhan accounts were opened while 19.5 lakh youths in the state availed loans worth Rs 11,655 crore. For 2,000 villages in the state, 2.27 lakh toilets were built while 1 crore LED bulbs were given to the state.
He asked Malayalees to board the development bus of Modi. Coming down heavily on the CPM for its murder politics, Shah said several BJP workers had sacrificed their lives for the country. He also said, for BJP, Kerala had a special place as it was the sacred birth place of Adi Shankara and Sree Narayana Guru.
“In our hearts, Kerala is as sacred as Kashi as it is the birthplace of Adi Shankara and Sree Narayana Guru. Several of our cadre have sacrificed their lives for the betterment of the country,” he said while releasing the Malayalam translation of ‘Ahuthi’ carrying the stories of the ‘Balidanis’. Former Additional Chief Secretary Babu Paul received the copy. Former CPI district secretary Venjaramoodu Sasi, former Vellanad panchayat president Sindhu - who joined the BJP - and BJP state vice-president P P Vava - who sustained serious injuries during the Kerala Law Academy agitation in police action - were honoured at the function.