Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday said Central Government will give Rs 60,000 crore to the state of Kerala.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday said Central Government will give Rs 60,000 crore to the state of Kerala. Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources and River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, didn’t mention in what form the aid will reach the state. “I am going to give Rs 60,000 cr to Kerala,” Gadkari was quoted as saying by ANI. Gadkari further lashed out at Communist Party of India (Marxist) and said that it will be finished by the next elections in the state. Gadkari made his comments while speaking at an event of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Jana Raksha Yatra. A number of top BJP leaders including UP CM Yogi Adityanath, Union Minister Smriti Irani, MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and party chief Amit Shah have recently taken part in BJP’s special campaign carried out as a symbol of protest against alleged killing of their cadre in the state.
Earlier in the day, Kerala CM P Vijayan hit out at BJP and the RSS and accused them of carrying out a “malicious campaign” to tarnish the image of the state and damage its tourism industry. “A boycott Kerala campaign is being run with the call to bring tourism in Kerala to its knees. People of other states are asked not to come to Kerala so as to bring our tourism industry to a standstill,” Vijayan claimed.
Speaking at a seminar, Vijayan said those behind such “fake news” have no regard for the lives and livelihoods of the people of Kerala. He even claimed that the BJP had deliberately chalked its yatra to go through the Vengara constituency but the victory of the Indian Union Muslim League had put paid to its efforts. “Despite dirty tricks and attempts for communal polarisation, BJP has been relegated to the fourth position with a much-reduced vote share. This is a pointer and strong warning to the BJP that they can’t mess with Kerala,” he said.