End LDF rule, Shah urges party men

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah has called upon party cadres to emulate the West Bengal and Tripura model to end the Left Democratic Front (LDF) rule in the State.

Addressing a convention of booth conveners and leaders in charge of the Thiruvananthapuram, Attingal, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, and Mavelikara Lok Sabha segments here on Tuesday, Mr. Shah said if the party could upset the apple cart in these two States, it could be done in Kerala too.

The political murders taking place in the State had no ideological reason. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was bound to explain the reasons for such incidents. The BJP had reacted to such incidents in a democratic manner. The party laid accent on development and not on the politics of murder, he said.

Missed opportunities

The assistance rendered by the Centre to the State was also aimed at development. But successive governments that ruled the State were unable to make use of such opportunities. He blamed the successive governments for the failure in materialising the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, IIT, and Kanjikode railway coach factory, among others. Even the National Highway development was moving at a snail’s pace due to political reasons, he said.

Mr. Shah attended a meeting of the State BJP core committee and a joint session of conveners and leaders holding charge of parliamentary constituencies to review the preparedness for the Lok Sabha elections.

Party joint general secretary (organisation) B.L. Santhosh, general secretary V. Muralidhara Rao, secretary H. Raja and Nalin Kumar Kateel, MP, too attended the meetings along with Mr. Shah.

Though Mr. Shah was expected to discuss the appointment of new State president, his closed-door sessions were confined to poll preparations, sources said.

He would leave for Delhi on Wednesday morning.

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