Sabarimala row: PM Modi bypasses niceties, shames LDF government

For a few months, the entire nation has been talking about Sabarimala.

Published: 16th January 2019 03:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th January 2019 03:35 AM   |  A+A-

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan greet each other at the Kollam bypass inauguration function at the Asramam grounds in Kollam on Tuesday as Governor P Sathasivam looks on | B P Deepu

By Express News Service

KOLLAM/THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:  “For a few months, the entire nation has been talking about Sabarimala. The conduct of Kerala’s LDF Government on the Sabarimala issue will go down in history as one of the most shameful behaviour by any party and government. We knew the Communists do not respect Indian history, culture and spirituality. But nobody imagined they would have such hatred.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi used these words while making a scathing attack on the Left on the Sabarimala issue, but he opted for the NDA’s huge gathering in Kollam, where he kick-started its Lok Sabha poll campaign, to drive home the point.

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Lashing out further at the Left Front saying Tripura would be repeated in Kerala, Modi did not spare the Opposition UDF and Congress party either blaming them for double standards. He said the BJP was the only political party which took a clear stand on the issue.

Minutes ago, the PM harped on development after inaugurating the 13-km Kollam bypass. Saying the bypass was completed in an effective manner, Modi said the Centre has given top priority to the infrastructure development in the state.

“On the banks of Ashtamudi Lake, I sense a recovery from the flood of last year. But we need to work harder to rebuild Kerala,” said Modi, who also greeted the audience in Malayalam. The PM, who was critical of the long delay in completing projects, said he was keeping a tab on such projects every month and had been able to revive 250 projects worth Rs 12 lakh crore.

“The projects are in various stages of completion,” he said. He added the target was to achieve 100 percent road connectivity soon.

Modi also told the state government to take measures to join the Centre-sponsored Ayushman Bharat medicare scheme.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who addressed the gathering prior to the Prime Minister, highlighted the bypass proved the state could complete large project contrary to the assumptions at the Centre. “The Prime Minister had said there was no work happening in Kerala when I met him in Delhi last year. But now I can say with confidence that we’ve kept the word for him,” he said. 

According to the Chief Minister, the Gail pipeline project too would have been completed had not the floods delayed it. He also highlighted the hill highway, coastal highway and Kovalam-Bekal waterway projects.

Claims made:

Narendra Modi

Critical of the long delay in completing projects
Says he had been able to revive 250 projects worth D12 lakh crore
In four years, India has surpassed China in attracting FDI

Pinarayi Vijayan

Gail pipeline project to be completed soon
Development of national highway, new bypasses
KIIFB fund for hill highway, coastal highway

The audience who booed the CM during his speech received a sharp retort from him when he reminded them to behave and follow the decorum of a public function. 


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