During the election campaigning at Erumeli in Kerala, former Congress national president Rahul Gandhi lashed out against the Left Front ahead of the state assembly elections. He accused the LDF of trying to divide people just “like RSS and Narendra Modi” while addressing a large gathering in the area, welcoming his roadshow in support of the Poonjar candidate Tomy Kallany.
“The Erumeli temple and the Vavar mosque are symbols of religious harmony. However, that idea is now being attacked in India. This is exactly what Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak are doing. They are fomenting hatred and animosity in society. They are trying to divide the country. The Left is dividing the people,” he said while visiting both religious institutions in the district. “You shout vote for a prosperous future for Kerala and whatever you do, do not vote for people who spread hatred and divide India; who make one brother fight another brother,” he added.
Rahul Gandhi’s roadshow in Pathanamthitta kicked the UDF election campaigning into overdrive, especially thanks to the large gatherings at Konni, Ranni, and Pathanamthitta awaiting the Wayanad MP’s arrival. Rahul ended his campaign in Pathanamthitta filled with confidence and energy and entered Kottayam. Sources pointed out that both sides of the roads were filled with people who greeted the senior Congress leader.
The Congress leader reiterated the UDF’s manifesto promises of increased welfare pension, MSP for various agricultural products, and subsidies. “We came to you and asked what you wanted. You asked for a separate budget for farmers; auto-rickshaw drivers said they should get subsidy; you told us to reform PSE. We listened to you. All these points are on our manifesto and every single point will be implemented,” he said.