KOTTAYAM: Slamming the Congress and CPI-M led fronts, which had ruled Kerala alternatively, BJP President Amit Shah today alleged that both had followed vote bank politics with "violence and corruption" being the hallmark of their tenure.
"While the world over, Communism has been wiped out, Congress has been rooted out from most of the states. These two parties cannot help Kerala," Shah said adding only a BJP government will help people of the state.
"After two months, Kerala will decide which party should rule the state for the next 5 years and under whose leadership. I have full faith that Keralites want a change of governance this time," Shah said, addressing a well-attended rally here.
Congress-led UDF and CPI-M-led LDF which ruled all these years did not do any good for the state, he said.
While violence was the hallmark of LDF rule, corruption and violence was rampant under congress dispensation, Shah alleged.
"When UDF goes, LDF comes and while LDF goes, UDF comes... If the Left comes, then there is violence, under Congress corruption and violence are rampant.
"Only if BJP government comes, rule of law will prevail," Shah said at the meeting to mark the entry of 'Vimochana Yatra' by party's state president Kummanam Rajeskeharan to the central Travancore district of Kottayam. Attacking UDF and LDF governments for "following vote bank politics and appeasement policy" during their tenure, he said this had led to a situation wherein majority of the people were denied justice.
"If BJP comes to power, there will be justice for all. I assure people that if BJP comes to power. Everyone will be treated alike," he said.
During 10 years of rule by Congress-led UPA governments, there was corruption of Rs 12 lakh crore, he alleged.
Hitting out at the Congress, Shah said the party under the leadership of Indira Gandhi had coined the slogan 'Garibi Hatao' in 1975. "Today even after 40 years, Rahul Gandhi is talking about 'Garibi Hatao'," he said.
The Congress-led UDF government in the state was neck-deep in corruption, he alleged.
"If I start counting the number of corruption cases-- Travancore Titanium, Solar case, PWD corruption, Nurses recruiting scam etc, it will take four days for this public meeting to end," he said.
"The communists and Congress parties act as if they are fighting each other. But in West Bengal, the two were wooing each other," Shah said, referring to efforts by the Congress to warm up to the CPI-M in West Bengal.
Noting that Kerala was the state where the first elected communist government in the world was formed in 1957, he said "they have now forgotten the ideologies they once stood for. The communists say they are atheists. But today's communists observe Janmashtami, Durga pooja etc."
"We want progress to come to Kerala. We need to find solution to the rubber crisis, jobs for the unemployed youth in the state..There is need for change," he said.
What the Congress failed to do in the last 60 years of its rule, the Modi government has done in one and half years of its rule, Shah claimed, listing various schemes undertaken by the Centre, including PM's Jan Dhan programme, Mudra Bank, Insurance scheme, Skill India, Start up India, Stand up India projects.
"The Modi government is a government of the poor (Garibo ke sarkar). This government has implemented projects for the poor to wipe out poverty," he added.