THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Lashing out at BJP state president Kummanam Rajashekaran for his controversial remarks about Kerala, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Sunday asked the BJP chief not to sow poisonous seeds in the state, the ‘Garden of God.’
Chandy was reacting to Kummanam’s answer to the question posed by Resident Editor, Kerala, Vinod Mathew in the concluding part of the ‘Head-On’ debate that appeared on Sunday. Kummanam had said rapes, public lynching, falling health and educational standards, political murders, child abuse, plunder of natural resources and drug abuse have become the hallmark of the state that once gifted the world with mathematical geniuses like Sangamagrama Madhavan and spiritual giants like Adi Sankara.
“Kummanam says that anarchy prevails in the state and the people are in a state of dejection. How can he talk about Kerala and its people like this? The same lie is repeated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders,” he said.
“I ask the BJP leaders not to sow poisonous seeds in Kerala, which Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yathi called ‘Garden of God’,” Chandy said.
He also flayed Kummanam for his remarks in ‘Head-On’ that comrades detested hailing the motherland but justified pro-Pakistan calls. “Though the Communists have a history of betraying the freedom movement, Kummanam is spreading communal poison,” he said.
“Kerala is a state where all the communities have been living in peace and cooperation for decades. This is the land of Sree Narayana Guru. It should be noted that the first mosque in the Indian sub-continent was constructed in the land given by a Hindu king - Cheraman Perumal at Kodungalloor,” he said.
Treading a Different Path
The CM, uncharacteristically, defended the CPM following Kummanam’s debate, Head-On, in Express on Sunday that comrades detested hailing the motherland but justified pro-Pakistan calls.