KPCC chief K Sudhakaran’s anti-Pinarayi remark over ‘bomb culture’ sparks controversy

Sudhakaran made the remarks against the CM when reporters sought his reaction to the recent death of an 86-year-old man in Kannur in a bomb explosion.

ByPTI

Published Jun 20, 2024 | 11:58 AM Updated Jun 20, 2024 | 3:24 PM

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Senior Congress leader K Sudhakaran on Wednesday, 19 June, courted controversy by asking how many people has Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan killed by hurling bombs.

The veteran leader made the remarks against the CM when reporters sought his reaction to the recent death of an 86-year-old man in Kannur in a bomb explosion.

The issue was taken up in the Kerala Legislative Assembly on Thursday, 20 June, prompting a response from Leader of Opposition VD Satheesan.

State Finance Minister KN Balagopal had raised the issue in the house during his reply to a notice seeking an adjournment motion. He referred to news reports that cited the remarks made by Sudhakaran.

Balagopal was replying to Congress MLA PC Vishnunath’s statement that the Left leaders, including the chief minister, were arrogant.

“I would like to point out today’s news report in which KPCC chief Sudhakaran is referring to the CM in a derogatory manner,” Balagopal said, reading out the statement in the assembly.

According to police, Velayudhan died when he picked up and tried to open a crude bomb which he found on an uninhabited property near Thalassery in Kannur district where he had gone to collect coconuts on Tuesday, 18 June.

What did KPCC say?

When reporters pointed to Vijayan’s statement about the alleged display of crude bombs in the Kannur District Congress Committee (DCC) office in the past, Sudhakaran called the CM “stupid.”

He asked how many people had Vijayan killed by hurling bombs and shooting.

Sudhakaran, who was elected from Kannur seat in the 26 April Lok Sabha polls, also alleged that several youngsters had been killed by bombs made by the CPI (M) in Kannur.

In the house, Balagopal said that Sudhakaran’s remarks were not surprising when compared with what he had earlier called his own colleague in the Congress, Leader of Opposition VD Satheesan.

Balagopal was referring to the allegedly abusive remarks that Sudhakaran had earlier made against Satheesan.

VD Satheesan hits back

In a bid to counter the latest allegations against Sudhakaran and to make a point about the chief minister’s own inappropriate conduct, Satheesan responded to the finance minister’s statement by pointing out recent remarks made by Vijayan, in which he called a priest “ignorant” for criticising the ruling Left for its defeat in the Lok Sabha polls.

He, however, added that everyone should use words carefully.

“Your chief minister recently called a priest ignorant. Many of the words he used are unparliamentary. I don’t want to use those words in the assembly. None of the MLAs came out in support of the CM. Yes, in our opinion, it’s in everyone’s interest that all should use words carefully,” Satheesan said.

Bomb blast

Meanwhile, a woman living near the site of the bomb explosion that killed the elderly man, condemned the violent political culture in the district.

During her meeting with Congress MP-elect Shafi Parambil, who visited the area on Wednesday, the woman claimed that unoccupied houses were being used for bomb-making, and it was posing a threat to the lives of residents, including children.

The CPI(M) has not reacted to the allegations.

Earlier in the day, Vijayan admitted in the state assembly that there have been repeated incidents of bomb blasts in some areas of the northern district of Kannur and said the police will conduct more rigorous investigations there.

Also Read: Kerala CM Vijayan admits to repeated instances of bomb blasts in some areas of Kannur

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