Thir uvambad y/ Mukkam (Kerala ): Congress president Rahul Gandhi Sunday accused the Centre under Prime Minister Narendra Modi of according stepmotherly treatment to the states not ruled by the BJP, which he dubbed as a party “blinded by hate and anger”. The Congress president made the allegations, doubting Modi’s remarks on Saturday that Kerala from where the BJP won no Lok Sabha seat, was as dear to him as his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi.
Winding up his threeday thanksgiving visit to the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency from where he was elected in the recent polls, Rahul Gandhi said the BJP viewed those not following the RSS ideology as non-Indians and vowed to fight out the alleged bias. Gandhi, who held over 10 roadshows across his constituency spread over three districts of Wayanad, Malappuram and Kozhikode, left for New Delhi from the Kozhikode airport this afternoon. On the final day of his tour, he held roadshows at Engapuzha and Mukkam, two small towns in Kozhikode district to thank voters.
He chose the occasion also to attack Modi and the BJP. Addressing people during his roadshows, Rahul Gandhi said Modi divided Indians for which the country will have to pay the price. “I do not expect the prime minister to safeguard Kerala’s interest. I know from my experience that the prime minister views the BJP-ruled states differently from the states ruled by the Congress or other parties,” he said. “I know the prime minister will not treat Kerala the same way he treats Uttar Pradesh because the CPI(M) is ruling here. He can come here and say whatever he wants,” he said, referring to Modi’s speech at Guruvayur in Kerala Saturday.
After offering prayers at the famous Sri Krishna temple, Modi Saturday said the Bharatiya Janata Party was not working for mere electoral politics, but was working to ensure that India gets its place of pride in the international arena. “Elections have their place in democracy and it is the responsibility of the winner to take care of all 130 crore people. Those who made us win and those who could not, both are our (people). Kerala is as dear to me as Varanasi,” he had said, referring to his Lok Sabha constituency in UP.
The Congress chief, however, said he did not think the prime minister would be “fair” either to Wayanad or to Kerala and he did not expect cooperation from him and the BJP-led Central government for its development. Referring to his meeting Saturday with the CPI-M MLA representing Kalpeta, which falls under the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, Gandhi said there might be “ideological differences” (between the Congress and the Left), but both would work together for Wayanad’s development, setting aside their differences. —PTI
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