Kerala Assembly polls | Pinarayi leans on religious metaphor to claim LDF would coast to victory
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday stated, arguably in a non-literal sense, that the deities of the land would bless the Left Democratic Front (LDF).
The authorities had stood with the individuals and succoured them throughout the catastrophic floods and later the COVID-19 pandemic. He stated, seemingly metaphorically, that Lord Ayyappa, the presiding deity of Sabarimala temple, would favour the federal government as a result of it had taken care of the individuals. Other religions additionally backed the ruling entrance.
Journalists had mobbed Mr. Vijayan when he got here out of the polling sales space on the Dharmadom constituency in Kannur. He stated the LDF would coast to victory.
The accusatory ways of the Congress-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ‘axis’ had failed on the hustings within the native physique ballot in 2020. The “stale lies” would make no distinction within the Assembly ballot, the Chief Minister stated.
The LDF would experience to victory on the crest of a wave of common assist. It would shut the BJP’s account in Nemom. The BJP had no probability in Malampuzha. If Congress cross voted, then the BJP may enhance its vote share in some surprising areas. The ruling entrance would enhance its standing within the Assembly, Mr. Vijayan stated.
Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala mocked Mr. Vijayan for invoking the identify of Lord Ayyappa. He stated after voting in Haripad in Alappuzha that Mr. Vijayan had trampled on Ayyappa devotees’ religion. The Chief Minister would face “their wrath and the disfavour of the diety”. Mr. Vijayan stared at “sure defeat”. He was “fearful” and had “invoked Ayyappa out of sheer desperation”, Mr. Chennithala stated.
The UDF would coast to victory, he claimed. The individuals would punish the LDF’s “arrogance and corruption”. The UDF’s manifesto had resonated among the many plenty. It had defended the Sabarimala religion and likewise agitated towards the Centre’s patently anti-minority Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
The CPI(M) was riven with inside preventing. Industries Minister E.P. Jayarajan was resentful that the occasion had denied him a seat. Rebellion was brewing within the occasion towards Mr. Vijayan. An election defeat would catalyse the occasion’s disintegration, Mr. Chennithala claimed.