Union Minister Harsh Vardhan hopes Keralites become more broad-minded towards BJP

, 11:53 PM IST

New Delhi:The Union Minister for Science and Technology was speaking at a function organised by leading Malayalam daily ‘Malayala Manorama’ here to give away its ‘Palathulli Puraskaram’ (award) for those who implemented effective water conservation projects in the state.

Vardhan noted that the veteran BJP had made history by opening the BJP’s account in the state Assembly after years of waiting.

Rajagopal was elected from the Nemom seat in Thiruvananthpauram district, defeating two-time sitting MLA V Sivankutty of the CPI(M).

Vardhan said Kerala is reeling under severe water crisis despite being blessed with enormous rains and 44 rivers.

Praising Malayala Manorama for its Palathulli (Many a Drop) programme for raising awareness on the importance of water conservation and rainwater harvesting, the minister said such initiatives would help create awareness among public about issues of water scarcity.

The minister said the Centre has an open mind towards Malayala Manorama Managing Editor Philip Mathew’s request for three doppler radars for Kerala for advance weather forecasts.