Kollam, April 14: Opening up Sabarimala controversy again, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the Congress and Left parties will pay dearly for deceiving people on Sabarimala. As part of the election campaign, he delivered speeches in public meetings held at three places in Kerala at Kollam, Kottayam and Palakkad constituencies on Saturday. He blamed the LDF for the political violence and said BJP will ensure security of not just its party leaders but also leaders of Congress and CPM.
Highlighting the political violence of the state he said that the Police statistics show that there have been as many as 172 political murders in the state. He also blamed CPIM-led Kerala government for not doing anything to curb political violence in the state. “The Left ruled Tripura for 25 years and then the people chose us. Like Tripura, Kerala has a history of political violence. That political violence should come to an end and if you elect the BJP we will stop this. No one will dare to touch political workers,” he said.
Touching upon the August flood, Singh blamed the ruling party of the state for the Kerala floods which claimed around 500 lives. Terming the floods a man-made disaster, Singh said, “Kerala floods were not a natural disaster but a man- made disaster. Now, who is to be blamed for this, the Kerala government must answer,” he said. ‘Be it development, releasing of funds or crisis management, we stood with the state. We also picked a minister and an MP from Kerala,” he said In Kottayam, Singh said the BJP understands the seriousness of the issues faced by fishers and this is why a separate Fisheries Ministry was formed.