In his last leg of campaigning in Kerala Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday skirted controversial issues exhorting the state to dump both Congress and CPI(M), who are friends in one state and foes in another.
Addressing an election rally in Tripunithura, near Kochi, he accused the Congress of being steeped in corruption and slammed the CPI(M) for resorting to politics of violence.
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“Shutdowns are synonym with Communists and in Congress-ruled states corruption is everywhere. In Delhi, it (Congress) indulged corruption in coal, but in Kerala it is from sun,” he said referring to the solar scam.
Modi also highlighted the achievements of BJP-ruled states. “States where the BJP has got an opportunity to serve people are surging ahead,” he said.
The Prime Minister avoided touching upon his controversial comparison of Kerala with Somalia.
Modi’s comment during a rally on Sunday, when he cited a photograph — in which two tribal boys were seen searching for food in a garbage yard — was criticised by various politicians, including chief minister Oommen Chandy, who demanded an apology.
Modi’s Somalia reference also triggered a protest on social media.