Modi Leaves Huge Impact on Dalits, Claim Leaders - The New Indian Express

Modi Leaves Huge Impact on Dalits, Claim Leaders

Published: 11th February 2014 08:45 AM

Last Updated: 11th February 2014 08:45 AM

The BJP which has been fighting elections in Kerala for the past three decades  without making any major gains is aiming to  sail through the hostile political waters  with the aid of the hurricane campaign unleashed by Narendra Modi.

Going by the huge turn out at the ‘Maha Sammelan’ held here and the positive response he received at the ‘Kayal Sammelan’ centenary meeting of the KPMS in Kochi, Modi has proved wrong the myth that the BJP could not make inroads into the downtrodden communities which have been considered as traditional vote banks of mainly CPM and Congress. Modi’s statement that the next decade would be of Dalits and backward communities has made a huge impact on these sections.

“Definitely, he was speaking about Ambedkarism. He was voicing the sentiments of the hapless millions of this country. It is a new voice of courage and honesty from a true national leader... We believe, finally, a good ruler has come to liberate the masses from political slavery. We have hope in him,’’ T V  Babu, general secretary of Kerala Pulayar Maha Sabha (KPMS), the largest organisation among the Dalit communities, told ‘Express’.

“Now, the CPM leadership is saying that we have done some thing ‘vulgar’ by inviting Modi to inaugurate the KPMS meeting. They should ask their conscience before criticising us,” he said. When EMS and VS came to power, they were exhibiting the party’s Brahmanist-fascist tendencies. They had never sent a Dalit to the party’s Politburo. They had not found any  Dalit leader fit enough to be the Chief Minister or Home Minister, he said. Asked whether their change in stand would reflect in the electoral prospects of the BJP in the state, he said, “BJP had brought Narendra Modi for the top post sidelining its Brahmin faces. Every Dalit and backward community member will respond positively. Now on, we won’t be carrying any baggage thrust upon us.” Speaking to ‘Express’, SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan said it was a fact that there was a sea-change in the approach towards the BJP and Modi in Kerala.

“The forces which have been practicing untouchability towards the BJP has started taking a U-turn. The bishops and other church leaders are queuing up to meet Narendra Modi and present him mementos. The Goebbelsian strategy of branding Modi and BJP as Hindu fascists would not work anymore. People have realised the facts,” Vellappally said.  “We the backward communities and Dalits wish to see a leader like Modi becoming the Prime Minister. He has already stated that he would be working for social justice. It is a matter of pride to see such a strong and courageous leader as the Prime Minister of the country,’’ he said. “The tea vendor tag attributed to Modi will  become the trump card of the BJP. Modi has been repeatedly elected as he was a good ruler. The allegations against him have repeatedly been proved wrong,” Vellappally said.

However, the question one would be prompted to ask is whether the state BJP was equipped to translate the pro-Modi wave among the backward communities into votes. The fact that the party could not present even a single leader who could deliver a inspiring speech to engage the thousands of party workers who flowed to Shanghumugham beach ignoring the scorching sun speaks volumes about its lack of preparedness.

Modi ignorant about Kerala: Vayalar Ravi

T’Puram: Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi on Monday reacted sharply to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘’Kerala lagging behind in development’’ dig saying that Modi was quite ignorant about Kerala. Modi, who is the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate while addressing a BJP rally at Shangumugham on Sunday, had criticised the governments in Kerala for allowing the state to stagnate. ‘’Narendra Modi said that Kerala was lagging behind in development because of his ignorance about the state,’’ Ravi said, while addressing a press conference organised here in connection with the inauguration of the new office of the Protector of Emigrants. According to Ravi, nothing significant need be read into the meetings Modi had with SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan and bishops of the Malankara Orthodox Church. They can be considered merely as courtesy calls, he said. He ducked questions on Congress’s PM candidate saying he was not the one to make statements about it. ‘’I can only say that Rahul Gandhi will be leading the party in the election,’’ he said.

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