Prime Minister Narendra Momdi asserted that ‘Kerala didn’t vote for the BJP but it is as much mine as is Varanasi’. After assuming office as the Prime Minister for a second consecutive term, today he addressed his first public meeting in Kerala at Guruvayur.
Inaugurating the ‘Abhinandan Sabha’– a party meeting being organised by the Kerala BJP unit, he said, “Be it Udupi, Guruvayur or Dwarkadhish, for us – the people of Gujarat, there is an emotional connect. Coming from Gujarat, the land of Dwarkadhish, to Guruvayur gives one a special feeling.”
PM Modi said that “Those who made us win our ours, those who did not make us win are also ours. Kerala is as much mine as is Varanasi,” he added. He further said that elections have their own place but after polls there is an important responsibility which is towards 130 crore citizens.
“Some Pundits think that BJP could not open its account in Kerala but Modi is going there to thank people. What is in his mind? We believe that elections have a place of their own but after elections the more important responsibility is towards the 130 crore citizens. Those who made us win our ours, those who did not make us win are also ours. Kerala is as much mine as is Varanasi,” PM said.
In a veiled attack on Opposition parties, PM said that people of India have rejected negativity and chosen positivity, and voted for building a new India. “People choose their ‘jan pratinidhi’ for 5 years but we are ‘jan sevak’ who is committed to serving the people, life long,” Modi stated.
He also vowed to provide all kinds of support to Kerala in dealing with Nipah virus crisis in the state. PM assured that the Centre would extend all cooperation to the state government and people of Kerala. “I assure you that Govt of India is standing with you, with Kerala govt and is working towards providing you all facilities for protection against Nipah virus,” Modi stated.
He also asked Pinarayi Vijayan-led Kerala government to allow the residents of the state to avail the benefits of Ayushman Bharat scheme. “Kerala govt has refused to connect with Ayushman Bharat Yojana. Today I publicly request them to allow the residents of Kerala the benefits of this scheme,” the Prime Minister said.