Nitin Gadkari, Narendra Modi, Venkaiah Naidu and Hema Malini for BJP Campaign in Kerala

published on April 2, 2011

Anti-Govt sentiment strong in Kerala: Sushma
PNS | Thiruvananthapuram


Campaigning for the April 13 polls to the 13th Kerala Assembly entered its feverish second phase on Friday with national leaders starting to arrive in order to seek votes for the candidates of their parties and allies. Opposition leader in the Lok Sabha and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat and his CPI counterpart AB Bardhan were among the leaders who visited the State on Friday.

Sushma Swaraj told newsmen in Thiruvananthapuram that the anti-incumbency sentiment in Kerala was strong. “This anti-incumbency feeling, the protests of the people against the policies of and corruption in the Congress-led UPA regime in the Centre and a positive approach to the BJP will work in our favour in this election,” she said.

The victory of BJP in this election would not be limited to just opening account in the Assembly but it would score magnificent wins, she said. Later in the day, she also spoke in two women’s conventions in Kattakkada constituency where former State BJP president PK Krishnadas was contesting and Nemom, where former Union Minister O Rajagopal was the party candidate.

Senior BJP leaders including national president Nitin Gadkari, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Venkaiah Naidu and Hema Malini would be visiting the State for electioneering in the coming days. A survey had the other day predicted that BJP might win up to two seats this Assembly election.

Taking part in an election meeting at Kanjani near Thrissur, CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat said that the Left would continue to rule Kerala after the election. For the first time in several elections, the normal occurrence of change in government would not be seen this time, he said.

National CPI chief AB Bardhan said in Kochi that the Left in Kerala was in a comfortable position in the election compared to the situation in West Bengal. The Congress-led LDF was trying to hijack the electoral process with its money power, he alleged. More national leaders like Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan will be coming to Kerala for electioneering in the coming days.

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