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BJP’s ‘love of Jihad’ scaremongering will never go far in pluralistic Kerala: Shashi Tharoor | India News

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NEW DELHI: The BJP can only offer communalism, weary scaremongering about “love of Jihad” and a hateful politics of division that will never go far in pluralistic Kerala, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said on Sunday. He claimed that the high-profile BJP recruit E Sreedharan, 88, cannot be the answer to the state’s political future.
He also rejected suggestions that not having a chief ministerial face could affect the chances of the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) in Kerala’s assembly elections, saying the party is “richly endowed” with experienced leaders and capable, any of whom could assume the mantle of the main ministry.
In an interview with PTI, Tharoor said that the trend in Kerala is clearly in favor of the UDF and he expects a “strong victory” when the results are announced on May 2.
On whether the BJP would be a factor in the polls and the impact of ‘Metroman’ E Sreedharan being projected as the key person by the saffron party, the former Union minister said that “the BJP can only offer communalism, tired scaremongering” . loving Jihad ‘and a hateful politics of intolerance and division that will never go far in pluralistic and inclusive Kerala. ”
“They (the BJP) have peaked in the state. Sreedharan’s impact peaked with the announcement of his candidacy. An 88-year-old technocrat cannot be the answer to the state’s political future,” Tharoor said.
On the BJP accusing Congress of double standards in siding with the left in West Bengal and fighting it in Kerala, the Thiruvananthapuram MP said that in a vast country like India, each state has its distinctive political characteristics.
The competition between the Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the UDF is deeply rooted here, but on national issues, especially those related to secularism and opposition to the “anti-popular policies” of the BJP, they share many common and often common views. they make common cause, he said.
“Since 2014, the CPM MPs who campaigned against me in Kerala have supported my position on many issues in the Lok Sabha. As for Bengal, you will have to ask the local party leaders there,” Tharoor said.
But the BJP’s accusation is not surprising because they have never understood or appreciated India’s diversity, he added.
When asked about Interior Minister Amit Shah questioning congressional secular credentials on his alliance with the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) in Kerala, the Indian Secular Front in West Bengal and the United Democratic Front From All India in Assam, Tharoor reiterated that each state and each state party has its own history, traditions and political appeal.
There is little in common between the three parties mentioned, other than that they are seen as essentially Muslim parties, he noted.
“For the BJP, which has built its entire narrative and built its rise on communalism, accusing Congress of that sin is absurd. It’s like the proverbial pot that says the kettle is black, except in this case the kettle is white. “, Tharoor. saying.
“Speaking of Kerala, we understand the difference between, on the one hand, community organizations like NSS (Nair Service Society) or SNDP (Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam) and parties with community roots like the IUML, and on the other hand, communal parties like the BJP or SDPI (Social Democratic Party of India) who have no vision beyond the narrow religious community they seek to serve, ”he alleged.
When asked if not having a chief ministerial face could affect the congressional-led UDF’s chances in polls, Tharoor responded negatively, noting that even opinion polls have not suggested that this is a major factor.
“The fact is, when Congress doesn’t have an acting CM, it tends not to project one. I can’t think of an exception in recent memory,” he said.
Speaking of the problems that the Kerala polls define, he said there are both negative and positive problems.
“The negatives relate to the failures, corruption and violence of the ruling left in Kerala; the positives are based on the strong vision for the future of the Congress-led UDF, reflected in a ‘people’s manifesto’ addressing all key issues facing the state, “he said.
Against the proven corruption that has presided over the LDF, the UDF offers far-reaching welfare provisions, a major education reform and an investor-friendly approach that will generate much-needed revenue for the state, Tharoor said.
“The LDF has been blatantly piling up debts for future generations to pay off,” he alleged.
Kerala will go to the polls to elect members of its 140-member assembly on April 6. The vote counting will take place on May 2 alongside those of Tamil Nadu, Assam, West Bengal and Puducherry.

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