Prime Minister Narendra Modi today ridiculed the successive governments of Congress and Left in Kerala, branding them as a unique model and lamented that these two models are “models of efficient corruption and inefficient governance”. However, lauding his government’s achievement, he went on to add how the buzzword had changed over the years. Earlier, it was VIP, but now the buzzword is EPI-`Every Person is important’.
The Prime minister was referring to Kerala model of governance while expressing grievance over the death of Ayyappa devotee Venugopalan Nair, a 49-year-old man, who had set himself ablaze over the Sabarimala issue and for whom the BJP had called a statewide shutdown, today. He died at the Trivandram Medical College, last evening.
Expressing anguish over the death of the alleged Ayyappa devotee, PM Modi appealed to the BJP karyakartas to avoid taking any sort of extreme step. He said, “I want to tell BJP karyakartas, this should inspire everyone across the state to avoid taking any extreme step. Whatever points we have, we should express them firmly and convince the people about them.”
While BJP alleged that he was an ardent Ayyappa devotee and the state chief minister P Vijayan was responsible for the death of the man, police had said that Nair was in an inebriated condition and there were also some family issues he was struggling with.
The shutdown comes after the Kerala High Court had directed the police two days ago to remove barricades at prime spots in the temple complex of the Lord Ayyappa hill shrine at Sabarimala. It had also directed police to lift restrictions like blocking pilgrims at Sharankutti, en route to the ‘sannidhanam’ or temple complex, after 11.30 PM.