Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, where the Sabarimala temple is located, to interact with the BJP workers on January 6, on Thursday confirmed the state leadership.
PM Modi will address 100 rallies across the country, including three in Kerala, before the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. On January 6, the first event will be organized and the second is expected to be conducted in Thrissur. The venue of the third rally is yet to be decided.
BJP believes that it is gaining ground in the Thrissur, Pathanamthitta, and Thiruvananthapuram Parliamentary Constituencies, and the PM’s rallies could galvanise its cadre before of the Lok Sabha elections.
Kerala has witnessed a lot of disruption over the last few months after the Supreme Court rejected that age-old structure to permit women of all ages to enter the historical Lord Ayyappa shrine in Sabarimala temple. While the right-wing group claims that the court’s write does not extend into the religious aspects, the Vijayan government said that it will do everything in its responsibility to ensure that the judicial order is maintained.
The following clashes made many to believed that BJP has long tried to gain a foothold in the state, which would stand to benefit from the arose controversy. Kerala BJP Chief PS Sreedharan Pillai was heard saying that the Sabarimala issue was a “golden opportunity” for BJP but the local body by-elections held in the state last month belied their expectations with the state-ruling Left alliance romping home with 21-wards, out of the 39-wards, left 12 for Congress and 2 for BJP.
Recently, BJP has faced defeat in the Assembly Elections, which was organized across Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh. The development has lifted Congress wins over BJP in all three Hindi heartlands and made the political observers wonder if PM Modi wave that swept India in 2014 is fading away finally.