Worried over incidents of hate speech and intolerance in the country, a BJP candidate’s son voted against his mother in Kerala’s Grama Panchayat elections saying he’s “more nationalistic than any ’56 inch’ man and is worried about the 126 crore people in the country.”
The BJP candidate, Jagadamma, was contesting in the 6th ward of Thamarakulam Grama Panchayat in Kerala’s Alappuzha district finished third with 353 votes, falling short of victory by just seven votes to the CPI’s candidate who came out victorious.
While the election results were out, a Facebook post written in Malayalam by Rajesh Kumar, a police constable and the son of BJP’s Jagadamma celebrated the loss and expressed his happiness for voting against the BJP, even though he had voted through a postal vote.
A translation of some parts of the post appearing on The News Minute website read:
“My mother, who was a BJP candidate in Thamarakkulam panchayat 6th ward has lost. A postal vote against her by her son, a government employee, was also a reason for her failure. I write this with a lot of pain. I am more nationalistic than any 56″ man and I am worried about the 126 crore people in my country.”
Source: Screenshot of the Facebook post
He also took dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s controversial statements about minorities and their hype about Gujarat.
“After 15 years of Modi’s rule, Gujarat was in 28th position in the primary education index. A large percent of Gujaratis do open defecation. There are no clean cities in Gujarat… Mohan Bhagwat told upper castes ‘here is the sword, reservation will end soon and old slaves will be back’. At the same time, Modi told the Ezhavas (lower castes) here, to keep the sword and reservation will continue.”
“They thought they will bring the upper and lower castes together, with this idiotic Utopian dream of a Hindu Rashtra and eliminate the minorities with the same sword given by them.”
“I am proud that I did not let my love for my mother stop me from doing my duty towards the nation. My mother was a teacher in my school, but when my mother forgot the national pledge she taught me, I decided to post this to remind people like my mother about that pledge.”
At the end of his post Rajesh says many sacrifices are required to protect India from religious extremism.
“We are a generation that will have to fight and struggle for a next generation in which men, women and transgenders can live without any discrimination. To protect a forward thinking, democratic and secular nation like India from religious extremism, we will have to make many sacrifices.”
Read the full Facebook post here.
Feature image source: Facebook Screenshot