Thrissur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked the Congress and the Kerala government saying that both of them weren’t concerned for women empowerment as they had been opposing the NDA’s efforts to end the Triple Talaq. PM Modi further said, “India has had many women CM, but has even one of them been a Communist leader?”

PM Modi also targeted the Pinarayi Vijayan-led government over former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan and said, “More than 2 decades ago, a hardworking and patriotic ISRO scientist, Nambi Narayanan was implicated in a false case, just because a few UDF leaders were settling political scores. Imagine, for their own politics, they damaged national interest, troubled a scientist.”

Nambi Narayanan was conferred with a Padma Award this Republic Day. Appreciating the Narayanan’s contribution in the field of science, Modi said, “We value each and every person who is working to make India stronger. For them, science can be abused as spying; for us, science is a matter of national pride.”

Addressing a public rally in Kerala’s Thrissur on Sunday, PM Modi targeted the Kerala government over the Sabarimala Temple issue saying how it has caught the attention of the entire nation. He said that the entire country is witnessing the manner in which the communist government of Kerala is disrespecting all aspects of the state’s culture.

PM Modi also attacked Congress president Rahul Gandhi over the latter’s press conference in London and questioned the leader’s respect towards India’s democratic ethos. He said, “The entire nation was amused to see a press conference in London, where, on foreign soil, India’s democratic ethos was questioned. And, who was spotted in that PC? A topmost Congress leader. Is this your respect towards institutions & our democracy?”

PM Modi who arrived in Thrissur on Sunday evening dedicated the Kochi Oil refinery project among many others to enhance ease of living in Kerala. He said that he had dedicated the Kollam bypass, which was pending for decades during his last visit to the state and this time it was about several projects like the effort to make all kitchens smoke-free. He added that as of today over 90 per cent of homes in India have cooking gas connection as compared to only 55 per cent in 2014.

He said, “We are very close to our goal to provide a cooking gas connection to every home. Nearly 6 crore poor women have received a free cooking gas connection.”

“India’s energy needs are growing. That is why we have increased the pace of development of oil and gas infrastructure in the country. Keeping in mind the import burden of petrol and diesel, the Union govt has begun the development of biofuels in a big way. Whether it is aviation fuel or petrol and diesel, we have succeeded in 10% blending of biofuel. Our effort is to increase this to 25 per cent. The NDA government in the Centre has transformed the culture of governance in India. Today, India is the fastest growing major economy in the world.”

PM Modi went on to speak about India had been growing as an economy and said, “We have moved up from rank 142 to rank 77 in the ease of doing business rankings. India has gone ahead of China in getting FDI. Be it manufacturing and start-ups, India is making remarkable progress.”

PM Modi who was Tamil Nadu in the day, laid the foundation stone for an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Madurai. He also inaugurated super-speciality blocks at medical colleges in Rajaji, Thanjavur and Tirunelveli. PM Modi also addressed a public rally in Madurai.

In Kerala, PM Modi visited the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited in Kochi. He will also visit the Indian Oil Corporation Limited. He will lay the foundation stone for skill development institute at Ettumanoor. He inaugurated the Rs 16,500 crore integrated refinery expansion complex of the public sector Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) at the Kochi Refinery. Modi, who is visiting the two southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, also laid the foundation stone for an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Madurai earlier in the day.

The Prime Minister also inaugurated super speciality blocks at Rajaji, Thanjavur and Tirunelveli medical colleges, saying the healthcare sector was the priority of the NDA government.

However, before PM arrived, MDMK cadres, led by party chief Vaiko, staged a black flag demonstration, accusing Modi of betraying the interests of Tamil Nadu. The hashtag #GoBackModi is trending on Twitter today.