Veteran CPM leader and former chief minister of Kerala VS Achuthanandan on Monday slammed the Congress party’s decision to field party chief Rahul Gandhi as the candidate from Wayanad constituency for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Mocking Congress chief, Achuthanandhan called Gandhi an “Amul baby”, repeating the infamous jibe that he had made in 2011.
In a Facebook post in Malayalam, Achuthanandan said that the Congress’ decision regarding the Wayanad seat reflected their political “immaturity”. He added that the party should realise that the “bigger enemy” in relation to the 2019 polls was Prime Minister Narendra Modi, however, the Rahul Gandhi-led party was having a fight with friendly parties.
In 2011, Achuthanandan and Gandhi had indulged in a war of words after the latter had commented on the former’s advancing age. Hitting back, the former Kerala CM had said, “Everyone knows Rahul Gandhi is an Amul Baby and he has fielded Amul babies in some constituencies.”
Achuthandan said the Congress president was being misled by certain people and he was unable to evaluate situations objectively.
“Gandhi is listening to Sheila Dikshit who advised him not to go for an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi, whereas he follows the words of Ramesh Chennithala and AK Antony who tell him that their main aim is to defeat the Left Front in Kerala,” said Achuthanandan, who’s one of the founding leaders of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) that had broken away from the undivided CPI in 1964.
He also attacked BJP
Further, the 95-year-old said the Congress’ claim of the BJP being its main enemy stood exposed. “The Congress is following a policy of cutting the branch it is sitting on, that’s why, I called Gandhi an ‘Amul Baby’ and that is still relevant.”
“The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is the biggest evil which our country is facing right now and citizens are ready to take on this challenge. Many of the political parties along with other trade and farmer organisations are also coming forward to dethrone the BJP,” said Achuthanandan, who is also the chairman of the Kerala Administrative Reforms Commission.
‘Deshabhimani’, the Malayalam mouthpiece of the ruling CPI(M), also published an editorial in which Gandhi was addressed as ‘Pappu’, an oft-repeated mock-name of the Gandhi scion.
However, CPI(M) leader and Finance Minister Thomas Issac termed the usage a “mindless mistake”. “The reference is not part of the Left’s stance,” he had said.
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