'Devotees of Swami Ayyappa are not criminals': PM at election rally in Konni

Konni: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday attacked the ruling LDF and opposition UDF in Kerala, saying the people were fed up with the two fronts and wanted the development agenda of the BJP.

''Enough is enough. The people are telling UDF and LDF. The people of Kerala are seeing the development agenda of the BJP, NDA. They relate with our programmes and policies,'' Modi said at an election rally at Konni in Pathanamthitta district, where the famous Lord Ayyappa temple is located.

"The LDF first tried to distort the image of Kerala and tried to show Kerala culture as backward. Then they tried to destabilize sacred places by using agents to carry out mischief.

"The devotees of Swami Ayyappa who should've been welcomed with flowers, were welcomed with lathis!. I want to state clearly - the innocent devotees of Swami Ayyappa are not criminals", PM said.

The professional community was all praise for the BJP saying it stands for bringing progressive and educated people in politics and cited the example of 'Metroman' E. Sreedharan.

''How the professional community is praising the BJP. They are saying that BJP stands for bringing progressive and educated people in politics,'' he said.

''The active presence of a respected professional like E. Sreedharan has been a game changer in Kerala politics. A man who achieved so much over the years, who made India's progress faster yet preferred BJP as a means to serve society,'' the Prime Minister added.