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The Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam, organisation of Kerala’s backward Hindu community Ezhavas who constitute 25 per cent of the State’s population, has aired support for BJP-led NDA’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. The SNDP Yogam is the second community outfit in Kerala to air support for Modi in less than a week.
“The country is not going to be ruined if Modi comes to power as Prime Minister,” said Vellappally Natesan, general secretary of the SNDP Yogam. Vellappally’s statement is seen as an indication of Modi’s growing popularity in Kerala. The head of a powerful Christian Church had last week extolled the development initiatives and governance of Modi in Gujarat.
“Why should there be these efforts to create a fear about the BJP? It is a party that has ruled India and it has also been ruling more States in the country than the Congress. Then why are these people blaming the BJP? The country would not be ruined if Modi becomes Prime Minister,” said Vellappally in Kottayam on Sunday.
Stating that the BJP did not anymore have the agenda of intense Hinduism as it had in the past, Vellappally pointed out that both the Congress-led UDF and the CPI(M)-led LDF in Kerala were plundering the people. The Congress would suffer a huge setback in the Parliament election, the SNDP Yogam general secretary said.
“There is no point in blaming the BJP. If those who are in power do not perform well and do things as per the people’s expectations, they would look elsewhere. This is what had happened in the case of Arvind Kejriwal. Instead of trying to find fault with Modi and BJP, they should examine why such a situation has come about,” he said.
“The people have a feeling that the rule at the Centre by the UPA is a failure. Under the Congress, the Government and the party are going in different directions. The Government is trying to pit Hindus against Hindus,” he said. Vellappally was speaking in favour of Modi for the second time in less than four months.
During Modi’s visit to Kerala in September last, the SNDP general secretary had said that it was improper for Keralites to consider him as an untouchable. He had also praised
State Employment Affairs Minister Shibu Baby John for holding discussions with Modi in April last. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had forced Shibu to apologise for this.
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