Trying to reach out to Dalits in Kerala, BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi said on Sunday he continued to be an untouchable for many in the country even as he claimed that the government at the Centre would change in 100 days.
“I continue to be a victim of untouchability,” Modi said, inaugurating the centenary celebrations of Kayal Samaram in Kochi, organised by Kerala Pulayar Maha Sabha. The Pulayars are among the largest OBC (other backward class) communities in Kerala.
“After taking stock of the political developments in the country, I am saying with confidence and humility that the next 10 years will belong to Dalits and backward classes,” the Gujarat chief minister said.
He also alleged a “conspiracy” to take away the rights given to the Dalits and backward communities by BR Ambedkar — a reference to Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi’s suggestion to end caste-based reservation.
Continuing his tour of south, Modi, who addressed a rally in Chennai in neighbouring Tamil Nadu on Saturday, again hit out the Congress over its chief Sonia Gandhi’s “zeher ki kheti” remark. The party that ruled the country for 60 years was sowing the seeds of poison to stay in power, he said.
Without naming the Gandhi family, Modi said some people were spreading “canards” that a single family was behind all the development in the country.
At least three generations of the Congress had tried to spread lies to remain in power, he told a cheering crowd, adding there would be a change of guard in Delhi in 100 days. “For 60 years they indulged in votebank politics to divide and rule. They are experts in zeher ki kheti (sowing poison),” he said.
Modi also took on the Left and its attempts to put together a third front. “Bengal has risen to the occasion to dump the Left. Now it is Kerala’s turn,” Modi told a rally at Thiruvananthapuram’s Shankumugham Beach. The state was badly in need of a third front to keep the Congress and CPM away.
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Modi’s attempts to reach out to the Church seemed to have failed. The BJP’s state unit had tried to get some bishops to attend his rallies but they kept away, fearing controversy in an election year.
(With PTI inputs)