Kochi, Apr 7 (): Modi visit to Kasaragod in Kerala is dogged in controversy. Congress will not let the helipad built for Rahul Gandhi’s election campaign to be used by BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
Despite request from the security officers of Modi, Congress district committee went ahead and told the contractors to demolish the helipad built for Rahul Gandhi’s landing on Saturday last.
Yesterday, the helipad was dismantled completely by evening. Now BJP has started to build another helipad in Kasaragod Government College ground to pave way for Modi’s safe landing in Kasaragod tomorrow.
Modi is to arrive in Kasaragod for the campaign of BJP candidate K Surendran in Kasaragod tomorrow morning. Though the BJP district leadership has offered to pay for the helipad built by Congress for Rahul Gandhi’s visit to felicitate Modi visit, the Congress leaders were adamant that they won’t let it use by Modi, the political opponent.
Gujarat police DIG R J Sawani who arrived at the place in advance to supervise the security arrangements for Modi expressed anguish over the decision of the Congress to dismantle the helipad.
Congress leaders of Kasaragod say that the helipad was built using the funds of KPCC (Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee) and there was no reason why they should let BJP use it. The BJP has started work on the new helipad near the dismantled one yesterday. It is likely that the helipad controversy will find place in Modi’s Kasaragod campaign speech.
The State BJP is unhappy as Modi schedule does not include the capital city where veteran leader Rajagopal is contesting. Kasaragod according to BJP is witnessing a pro-Modi wave since it is the border between Kerala and Karnataka.
BJP feels that the pro-BJP wave in Karnataka will influence Kannadiga voters in Kasaragod and tilt in favour of its candidate. Modi’s critics say that Rajagopal’s constituency has been avoided because he is a Advani man. The schedule might change, feels BJP.