Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has taken a strong exception to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election speech where he had compared Kerala to Somalia. Claiming that he has insulted the state, Chandy wrote a letter to the Prime Minister asking him to withdraw his remarks. The latter had taken on the state government during an election rally terming economic and social parameters as ‘adverse’.
Meanwhile, BJP has defended Prime Minister’s remarks raising questions on the performance of incumbent Congress-led UDF government.
In a hard-hitting letter writer to PM Modi, Chandy said the Prime Minister’s comparison of Kerala to Somalia has “shocked” the people of the state as it has nothing to do with the ground realities.
“With great deal of regret, let me point out that they (previous PMs) never attempted anything that brought disrepute to the office of the Prime Minister like you have done,” he said in the letter written on Tuesday, a copy of which was released to the media.
Oommen Chandy, who is fancying a second term in the assembly polls slated to be held on May 16 also said those remarks were “unbecoming of a prime minister and has created a great deal of agony and protest.”
Countering Modi’s remark that the state had lagged behind in various growth indicators including health and education, he said Kerala was above national average in terms of economic growth and human resource development for the past five years.
The Chief Minister of Kerala also said the state’s human resource has caught the attention of the world.
“Yet, you (PM) compared Kerala to Somalia that is reeling under poverty and internal strife. Is it not a shame for the prime minister to pronounce that a state like Somalia exists in the country?” Chandy said adding “I wonder whether it befits a Prime Minister to feel disgraced during the time of election and proud on other occasions.”
On the other hand, BJP flayed Chandy for attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and alleged that various welfare laws for the SC/ST communities were not being implemented in the state.
“For the benefit of SC/ST brothers, many laws made by the Central government are not being implemented in Kerala. Isn’t this an insult to the state,” BJP state president, Kummanam Rajasekharan told the press.
(With inputs from the PTI)