Achuthanandan rubbishes Modi's claims, Says Kerala is the model, not Gujarat
Achuthanandan takes on Narendra Modi's development claims as poll pitch gets shriller in Kerala
Prime minister Narendra Modi's scathing criticism against CPIM and Congress have evoked sharp reactions from both the parties. Touching all the current issues that is being discussed in Kerala, Modi Friday said both the Left Democratic Front(LDF) and United Democratic Front(UDF) have destroyed Kerala. Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan, who is spearheading the LDF campaign has come down heavily against the prime minister taking some cues from history.
Modi's statement that he wish to see Kerala as developed as Gujarat made the veteran communist leader to compare the Human Development Index of both states to prove that Gujarat is nowhere near Kerala in any of the areas which constitutes overall development of a society.
In his facebook post Achuthanandan wrote "Gujarat develops by exploiting human and nature equally. Though there has been more than enough investment in trading sector, the returns are directed to fill the pockets of Ambani and Adani. Gujarat ranks 12 in the Human Development Index while Kerala is the number one state" wrote the former chief minister. He then went on to compare the poverty level, education status, sanitation facilities between the two states and said that for Kerala to follow Gujarat in any of this area will be like making a mockery of the development the state has already achieved
Achuthanandan ended the post by asking the people to move ahead and to preserve the values of Kerala Renaissance.
BJP is trying desperately to open its account in Kerala Assembly. Nine union ministers and a slew of the party's national leaders are camping in the state which votes on 16 May.
BJP president Amit Shah visited Perumbavoor, the house of Jisha, who was brutally raped murdered last week
"The law and order situation in the state is at its worst. A Dalit women is raped and murdered, but the state government is sleeping. The chief minister is mum. Who is responsible for this?" Shah said at a public meeting held at Perumbavoor.
Amit Shah was accompanied by BJP lawmakers like Arjun Ram Meghwal, Meenakshi Lekhi and party's Dalit face Udit Raj.