The BJP can only offer communalism, tired scare-mongering over “love Jihad” and a hate-filled politics of division that will never go far in pluralist Kerala, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said on Sunday and asserted that the BJP’s high-profile recruit 88-year-old E Sreedharan cannot be the answer to the state’s political future. He also dismissed suggestions that not having a chief ministerial face could dent the Congress-led United Democratic Front’s (UDF) chances in the Kerala Assembly polls and said the party is “richly endowed” with experienced and capable leaders, any of whom could assume the mantle of chief ministership. In an interview, Tharoor said the trend in Kerala is clearly in favour of the UDF and he expects a “strong victory” when the results are announced on May 2.
On whether the BJP would be a factor in the polls and the impact of ‘Metroman’ E Sreedharan being projected as the key person by the saffron party, the former Union minister said the BJP “can only offer communalism, tired scare-mongering over ‘love Jihad’ and a hate-filled politics of bigotry and division that will never go far in pluralist, inclusive Kerala”. “They (the BJP) have hit their ceiling in the state. Mr Sreedharan’s impact peaked with the announcement of his candidacy. An 88-year-old technocrat cannot be the answer to the state’s political future,” Tharoor said.
News Source : News 18