Kerala is heading for a tri-polar contest: Jaitley

File Photo of Kummanam Rajasekharan Kerala BJP President.jpg

File Photo of Kummanam Rajasekharan Kerala BJP President.jpg

Asserting that his party has shifted the expected ‘bi-polar’ contest in the southern state to a tri-polar fight, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has emerged as a prominent alternative in the state. Jaitley released BJP’s vision document for the Kerala assembly elections in Tiruvananthapuram on Saturday.

“1There is a lot of debate both nationally and in the state as to whether days of bipolar politics in Kerala are over, they indeed are. Kerala is now decisively heading for a tri-polar election,” said FM Arun Jaitley.

“The economic policies followed by the Congress-led UDF and the Left-led LDF were more or less similar, which did not let Kerala prosper despite advantages, “said Jaitley.

The Finance Minster who addressed the media after releasing the poll vision document said that congress or the UDF broadly followed the same line

“Historically Kerala should have been the most prosperous state in the country but despite all advantages this did not happen. This happened because of the economic model created by the Left,” he said

NDA’s vision document promises among others land for landless, an housing programme in the name of ‘Sree Narayana Guru’, government jobs to all tribal youths who had passed tenth standard.

It also promises interest free agriculture loan to farmers, a package of Rs 10,000 crore to coastal belt, initiative to set up one lakh small industries and another Rs 10,000 crore package for traditional industries.

Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy, State BJP State President Kummanam Rajasekharan, Bharat Dharma Jana Sena President Thushar Vellapally, the second largest partner in the BJP-led NDA, were among those present on the occasion.

NDA, which has completed two phases of campaigning in the state, is heading to witness a heated campaign from Monday as all prominent national leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and national president Amit Shah are scheduled to campaign in the last leg of electioneering.

Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to address five rallies from May 6 to May 11. BJP National president Amit Shah too will address five rallies starting from May 1.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani will hold rallies in the state.

Kerala will go to polls on May 16 to elect the 140 member state Assembly.