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'Congress' credibility in fighting PM Modi...': CPIM spars with ally as Rahul Gandhi seeks arrest of Kerala CM

Earlier this week, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had asked why is the BJP not attacking the CM of Kerala when when two other chief ministers from opposition are behind bars.

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury addresses the media during the release of the party's manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections 2024, in New Delhi on Thursday. (Rahul Singh)Premium
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury addresses the media during the release of the party's manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections 2024, in New Delhi on Thursday. (Rahul Singh)

CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said on Sunday the Congress' "credibility" in fighting Prime Minister Narendra Modi "is under under cloud". He hit out at the grand-old party for over Rahul Gandhi's statement against Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Earlier this week, Gandhi had asked why is the BJP not attacking the CM of Kerala when when two other chief ministers from opposition are behind bars.

"Two chief ministers (Arvind Kejriwal and Hemant Soren) are in jail. How come this is not happening to the Chief Minister of Kerala? I am attacking the BJP 24/7, and the Chief Minister of Kerala is attacking me 24/7. This is a bit puzzling," Rahul Gandhi had said.

Reacting to Gandhi's statement, Yechury told news agency ANI, “Their credibility in fighting PM Modi is under under cloud...I go by policies and programs and what are they raising? If they are asking PM Modi to arrest the Kerala Chief Minister then I think that is the most undemocratic act that is being done...,"

He said the criticism against Kerala CM are completely unfounded. "We think it is very wrong for anybody to demand the arrest of a democratically elected Chief Minister. We have condemned the arrest of Delhi CM Kejriwal and Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren," he added.

Congress leaders alleged that there is a backdoor understanding between Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the BJP.

The Congress and the CPI(M) are part of the Opposition's INDIA bloc but rivals in Kerala.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had earlier reacted to Gandhi's statement saying, "Don't scare me by saying the word jail. It was your grandmother who put us in jail during her supreme rule. For 1.5 years, I was in jail. We are not scared like your Ashok Chavan..."

Sitaram Yechury skips INDIA bloc rally

CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury wrote to the wife of former Jharkhand Chief Minister and JMM executive president Hemant Soren - Kalpana Soren and expresses regret for not participating in INDIA bloc's rally in Ranchi on Sunday.

He cited election campaign in Kerala as the reason behind not attending the grand INDIA bloc rally in Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand on Sunday. Sitaram Yechuri had attended the RJD's 'Jan Vishwas Maha Rally' at Gandhi Maidan in Patna on March 3.

Rahul Gandhi 'not prominent leader'

AM Ariff, the CPI(M) candidate from Alappuzha Lok Sabha seat, said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi "is not a prominent leader". He said, "In the last tenure, Rahul Gandhi made only 8 speeches and some 16 questions in the Parliament, whereas I made 113 speeches and 244 questions in the Lok Sabha."

"He made a foolish statement last day when he asked why CM Pinarayi Vijayan was not arrested? Isn't he a part of the INDIA bloc? All the INDIA bloc parties and leaders are campaigning against the ED saying ED stands for Election Duty...," AM Ariff said.

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Published: 21 Apr 2024, 06:12 PM IST
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