NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at Kochi Naval Base in Kerala on Monday on a two-day trip to Kerala. The Prime Minister was received by Kerala Governor P Sathasivam and Chief Minister Oomen Chandy. This is PM Modi’s first visit to Kerala after he took over the Prime Minister’s post in 2014.
PM Modi addressed BJP workers and leaders in Kerala on Monday evening. He said that after independence, BJP and its ideology has suffered the most atrocities in Kerala.
“I want to apologise to Kerala, I should have come here earlier. After independence, if you look at the political history of a state, BJP and its ideology has suffered atrocities most in Kerala. In the last some years, more than 200 BJP workers were killed, murdered due to political reasons in Kerala. BJP has been at the receiving end of political untouchability in Kerala from other parties. Today I pay tribute to all those BJP workers for their martyrdom,” PM Modi said.
He further added, “People have made up their mind now, they have accepted you whole-heartedly, your hard work has paid off. During my visit to UAE I met Indian workers, and I also interacted with people from Kerala.
PM Modi also spoke about the nurses who were held captive in Syria by terrorists and commended the government’s efforts to bring them back.
“Few months ago, some of our daughters from Kerala who were working as nurses were held captive by terrorists, entire country was in tears. But as a result of our good relations with other nations, our daughters were brought back safely,” he said.
He also said that the youth in Kerala can lead the ‘Digital India’ project. “India is a young nation. We want youth to get opportunities and that too in India. We’ve given priority to ensure security of Indians living all across world, because a large population of Kerala youth working abroad. Kerala’s youth strength is such that they can lead ‘Digital India’ project.”
“Change must be brought to quality of life of fishermen from Kerala, will introduce a scheme related to modernised fishing industry soon. It is my dream that every Indian has his own house when India will celebrate its 75th Independence day in 2022. Around Rs 2100 crore has already been disbursed to 2,25,000 people from Kerala under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana,” he said.
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On Tuesday, he will unveil a statue of former Chief Minister R Shankar at a Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) programme in Kollam.
In a series of tweets, PM Modi expressed excitement over his visit to Kerala on Monday morning.