Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday strongly attacked the Congress as he described both the party and its leadership as confused before the assembly elections. Addressing a road show in Thrippunithura town in Kerala, Shah said that the Congress is contesting against the communists in the state while in Bengal it is fighting with them. According to the news agency ANI, both the Congress party and its leadership are confused.
He also said that the BJP would form its government after the assembly elections and said that voters in Kerala are now seeing the party as an alternative to the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) and the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF). The LDF is headed by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) party. “People of Kerala are fed up with LDF and UDF,” ANI quoted Shah as saying. People here are looking at the Bharatiya Janata Party as an alternative. I am sure we will do well in the upcoming Kerala assembly elections.
In Kerala, elections for the 140-member assembly will be held on 6 April and the counting of votes will take place on 2 May. The BJP is in a triangular fight with the UDF and LDF. It is hoping to encroach on the state as both have alternately held power in the state over the last four decades. This year too, several pre-poll surveys have indicated a close fight between the LDF and the UDF.
Speaking further during the roadshow, Shah attacked Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan over the gold smuggling case and asked him to tell if his former principal secretary M Shivshankar was involved in it.
The road show, which started from the eastern fort of Thrippunithura town, concluded near the Purnath temple. It sees a large number of people as the senior BJP leader and Union Home Minister greet him atop a decorated mini truck.