BJP is really gearing up to challenge both the ruling Congress-led ruling UDF and CPI-M headed LDF opposition in Kerala in the May 16 Assembly polls. And keen to make a impact in the forthcoming polls the BJP President Amit Shah would launch the election campaign of the NDA in the state on April 9.
“People of the state are fed up with the successive governments of UDF and LDF and want a change,” Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda said , while announcing Shah’s visit, during the launch of the NDA Kerala unit.
“The BJP-led NDA is the political alternative for the people of Kerala,” Nadda, who is in-charge of party affairs in the state, said, adding the formation of NDA in the state is a “historic moment”.
Nadda slammed both UDF and LDF governments saying, while UDF leaders from Chief Minister to Ministers and MLA’s were involved in some scams and scandals, CPI-M has lost its strength on ideology and so they have turned to violence.
“Left have lost there ideology. Wherever they are in power, they are intolerant,” Nadda said while inaugurating the state convention of its leaders. Several BJP cadres have lost their lives in the attacks by CPI(M) workers and “it is still continuing”.
Attacking the ruling UDF, Nadda said, “the bad name brought to the state due to scandals and scams with involvement of Chief Minister and other ministers have to be removed.” Seeking people’s mandate in favour of NDA, he said under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the country was going forward in right direction.
“Kerala should also get the benefit of the growth,” he said. BJP, which has failed to break the bipolar politics of UDF and LDF and taste victory in Assembly and parliament polls,this time has found a powerful partner after its tie-up with newly formed Bharat Dharma Jana Sena by Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam, an outfit of backward Ezhava community. Other minor partners in the NDA in the state include afaction of Kerala Congress led by former Union Minister P C Thomas, JSS led by former MLA Rajan Babu, Kerala Vikas Party, and Lok Jansakti Party.
Nadda also highlighted various welfare schemes initiated by the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre and said “poor and marginalised people in the country are the beneficiaries”.
Referring to the crop insurance scheme of the NDA, Nadda said,”Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision is to ensure 100 per cent coverage for farmers. Every farmer in the country is insured under the scheme. We are working on that way.” The state convention was attended by BDJS President Thushar Vellappli, BJP State President Kummanom Rajasekharan, Former Union Minister O Rajagopal among others.