Kerala is as much mine as is Varanasi, says Modi at Guruvayur
Guruvayur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 'Abhinandan Sabha'-- a party meeting being organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Kerala State committee on Saturday.
It is Modi's first public meeting after assuming office as the prime minister for a second consecutive term. BJP state president P S Sreedharan Pillai delivered the welcome speech while Union Minister V Muraleedharan was translating the PM’s speech in Malayalam.
“Be it Udupi, Guruvayur or Dwarkadhish, for us - the people of Gujarat, there is an emotional connect. Coming from Gujarat, the land of Dwarkadhish, to Guruvayur gives one a special feeling,” said the PM during his speech.
“Some Pundits think that BJP could not open its account in Kerala but Modi is going there to thank people. What is in his mind? But this is our culture, our thinking,” he said.
“We believe that elections have a place of their own but after elections the more important responsibility is towards the 130 crore citizens. Those who made us win our ours, those who did not make us win are also ours. Kerala is as much mine as is Varanasi,” the PM stated.
Speaking in Guruvayur. Watch. https://t.co/evfCpP7Tht— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 8, 2019
Earlier, the Prime Minister offered prayers at the famed Lord Krishna temple here Saturday morning. He also performed the thulabharam ritual for which the temple authorities had reportedly arranged over 100 kg of lotus flowers.
The ritual is an important offering to Lord Krishna wherein a person is weighed against a commodity such as flowers, grains, fruits and similar articles and the equal value or quantity is offered as donation.
The prime minister spent around 20 minutes inside the temple before returning to the nearby temple guest house by foot.
Wearing a traditional Kerala dhoti and white shawl, Modi was received at the temple gate by the authorities with a traditional poornakumbh.
He was accompanied by Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan and Kerala Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran.
Modi took a three-minute walk to the temple from the nearby Sreevatsam guest house. Security had been tightened in and around the temple since Friday in view of his visit.
Earlier, the prime minister reached here in a special naval helicopter from the Kochi naval airport at 9.50 am.
(With inputs from PTI)