`Achutanandan`s Amul baby comment uncivilised`
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Last Updated: Monday, April 11, 2011, 20:59
New Delhi/Kolkata: Kerala Chief Minister VS Achutanandan's description of Rahul Gandhi as a 'Amul baby' was today dismissed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee as 'uncivilised' and the Congress said the comment by a person about to become 'history' was an insult to country's youth.

"Such type of comments are insult to the youth community of India. People who are about to become history in few days are insulting the youth of the nation through such comments," party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told reporters in New Delhi.

Mukerjee earlier in the day said at a meet-the-press programme in Kolkata, "I do not react on uncivilised comments. That is my stated position. But it speaks of the individual taste of the person and culture."

Singhvi said, "The community of youths in every nook and corner of the country want a change of direction and energy and no other political party has a youth symbol compared to Rahul Gandhi.

"This is an insult to that resurgence, that energy and that momentum. Such comments betray the desperation and realization of this truth by such persons."

Achutanandan yesterday hit back at Rahul for taking a jibe at him over his advancing age, saying the Congress leader came to poll-bound Kerala to campaign for 'Amul babies' as he was himself a 'Amul baby'.

Asked whether Congress endorsed Gandhi's comments on the Kerala Chief Minister's age, Singhvi said that Rahul was talking about "anachronistic policies".

"Rahul Gandhi never made a personal remark. Age or person was not an issue. He was talking about anachronistic policies...the impatience of the youths of India find expression in comments of such youth icons. It should not be construed as a personal attack," he said.

Singhvi was responding to questions how can Gandhi comment on the age of Achutanandan, when Congress is in alliance with DMK in Tamilnadu which projected 87-year-old M Karunanidhi as its Chief Ministerial candidate.

Congress's Kerala unit also ticked off the CPI-M stalwart for his comments.

In a statement issued in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala PCC President Ramesh Chennithala said, "Achuthanandan has lowered his stock himself by trying to ridicule Rahul Gandhi...it is quite unbecoming of a person holding a high position to run down a widely respected leaderlike Rahul Gandhi by using intemperate language," he said.

Congress leader Anil Shastri, camping in Kerala, said "I expect Achuthanandan to use the language befitting his age of 87 years and his position as Chief Minister of Kerala.... Achuthanandan should now start preparing to pack his bags for a relaxed retired life after May 13,(counting day)."

87-year-old Achutanandan's dig at Gandhi(40), projected as the youth face of the Congress, came after the Congress leader said at a campaign meeting in Kerala on Saturday that if LDF was re-elected, Kerala would have a 93-year-old as Chief Minister in five years time.


First Published: Monday, April 11, 2011, 20:59

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