Thiruvananthapuram: The BJP today virtually kick started its election campaign in Kerala with party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi making a scathing attack on the Congress and the CPI(M)-led fronts for pushing the state backward in development.
Addressing a party rally at Shanghumugham beach in the city, Mr Modi said a good government could bring overall development to a state. But in Kerala, tens of thousands of youth were forced to leave the state for making their livelihoods.
“Let me tell you an example. In the year 1998, both Kerala and Gujarat took a decision to set up LNG terminal in their respective states. We started the gas supply in 2004 itself, but Kerala is struggling even in the year 2014. Gujarat required only Rs 2,000 crore for the project, but Kerala project wanted more than Rs 4,500 crore. While the gas-based economy and other benefits had tremendously improved quality of life in Gujarat, Kerala’s UDF and LDF government had pushed the state backward by ten years,” he added.
Kerala badly needed a third alternative to the Congress-led UDF and Marxist-led LDF that ruined the state, he said, adding that Kerala’s development should give focus to agriculture, manufacturing and service sector. Though nearly half of Kerala’s cultivable land remained unused, ruling parties had failed miserably to work out a strategy to revive the agriculture sector.