The Congress and CPI(M) pursue a politics of compromise and contract, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told voters in Kerala on Sunday, referring to the two rival parties’ friendship in West Bengal and rivalry in the southern state.
This politics of convenience was an insult to the educated people of Kerala, he said in Kasargod where he addressed a rally as part of his second leg of electioneering for the state’s May 16 assembly election.
“A new model of politics has come up in Kerala. It is an adjustment politics, politics of compromise, politics of corruption and politics of contract to save each other,” he said, referring to two parties that have been ruling the state for the past 60 years.
“How can you have dosti (friendship) at one place and indulge in kusti (wrestling) in another?”
Historical rivals Congress and CPI(M) have joined hands to take on the ruling Trinamool Congress this assembly polls in West Bengal. But the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF), which is in power in Kerala, is fighting a bitter battle with the Left Democratic Front.
Modi addressed three rallies in the state where the BJP is trying to win at least one seat. The BJP is contesting 97 seats while its partner, the fledgling BDJS, has put up candidates in 37.
“For five years you rule the state and we will rule the next five. This is how the two fronts have been returning to power in the state. But educated people can’t trust these people anymore who speak two languages in two places at the same time,” he said.
His reference to “educated people” is significant because Kerala has one of the highest literacy rates in the country.
At a rally in Kuttanad in central Kerala, Modi said the Congress is a symbol of corruption while the Left parties’ trademark is violence. He introduced party candidate Sadanandan Master, who lost both legs in an alleged Left-incited attack 30 years ago.
The Prime Minister raked up AgustaWestland helicopter scandal to make his point about corruption in the Congress.
“An Italian court came out with the names … Those who offered bribes are in jail. Now we have to ensure that those who received bribes should follow suit,” he said, in a veiled attack on Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
“Do you have any relatives in Italy? I don’t have any relative in Italy,” he said, referring to Gandhi’s Italian roots.
She had accused the Modi government of a campaign to discredit her party leaders through the scrapped helicopter deal.