Pinarayi Vijayan hits out at media for propogating ‘baseless lies’ regarding Loka Kerala Sabha conference in the US

The conference was marred by controversy after allegations cropped up that money was being charged to stand or sit close to Vijayan.

ByPTI

Published Jun 11, 2023 | 4:05 PMUpdatedJun 11, 2023 | 4:05 PM

Pinarayi Vijayan

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan hit out at a section of media houses in the state, saying they have been spreading “baseless lies” against the ongoing American Regional Conference of the Loka Kerala Sabha and creating a controversy out of nothing.

Addressing a gathering on Saturday, 10 June, after inaugurating the American Regional Conference of the Loka Kerala Sabha, a non-resident Keralites’ convention in New York, Vijayan said such media houses were humiliating the state by spreading lies.

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‘Charged to sit near CM’

The regional conference of the Loka Kerala Sabha was marred by controversy after allegations cropped up that money was being charged from expatriates to stand or sit close to Vijayan during the three-day programme.

“Some people in our state have tried to create a controversy out of this conference. A section of media including a few which claims to have the largest circulation, were also part of this. One of the media houses even published an editorial and announced their sick mentality through it.”

Vijayan quoted various news reports, including the one which claimed that money was being collected for standing or sitting close to him during the three-day programme.

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‘How much did you pay?’

“When I reached here, some of you came and stood next to me. How much did you all pay to stand like that?” Vijayan asked and said some in Kerala were “spreading news that you have paid some lakhs of money to stand or sit next to me”.

He said everything happening in connection with the Lok Kerala Sabha was transparent and sponsorship was a common thing for such conferences.

“Those who are making such allegations, are also holding such programmes though sponsorships,” Vijayan said.

He said when the Loka Kerala Sabha events are happening in Kerala, the state government bear the expenses but for the conferences happening at other regions like Dubai or London or New York, the organisers bear the expenses.

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