Achuthanandan`s `unsavoury` dig at opponent sparks protests

An `unsavoury` remark by Kerala Chief Minister and CPI (M) stalwart VS Achuthanandan against a Congress woman opponent has sparked a controversy.

Last Updated: Apr 06, 2011, 14:12 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: An `unsavoury` remark by
Kerala Chief Minister and CPI (M) stalwart V S Achuthanandan
against a Congress woman opponent has sparked a controversy,
evoking strong protests from the opposition party and its
different wings.

The provocation has come from a reported comment by the
87-year-old Marxist leader against his Congress opponent in
Malampuzha assembly constituency, Lathika Subash.

Achuthanandan`s remark in Malayalam was made at a press
conference at Palakkad yesterday.

Reacting to the remarks, Lathika said, "It is unfortunate
that a person who is 10 years older than my father has made
such a remark. I hope he himself will make a clarification on
what he had said."

Lathika, a KPCC secretary and state vice-president of
Mahila Congress, recalled how Achuthanandan had run into
trouble a few years back for making "adverse remarks" against
the father of Sandeep Unnikrishnan, who laid down his life
fighting the terrorists who attacked Mumbai.

"I leave it to the Kerala society to react to what he has
said. I am sure voters in Malampuzha will give a fitting reply
to him," she said.

Former Mahila Congress state president Shanimol Usman
said the party would complain to the Election Commission and
the State Women`s Commission on the issue.

"This is not for the first time he is using bad language
and expressions to attack opponents. His words and phrases
often cross the limits of decency and are quite unbecoming of
a senior leader and Chief Minister," Usman said.

PTI