Antony sleeping like Kumbhakarna: Achuthanandan

A day after calling Rahul Gandhi an `Amul baby`, Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan on Monday described Defence Minister AK Antony as `Kumbhakarna`, saying he was caught napping when terrorists attacked Mumbai.

Last Updated: Apr 11, 2011, 20:53 PM IST

Alappuzha: A day after calling Rahul
Gandhi an "Amul baby", Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan
on Monday described Defence Minister AK Antony as `Kumbhakarna`,
saying he was caught napping when terrorists attacked Mumbai.

Hitting back at Antony, who had said he was either sleeping
or pretending to be asleep all these five years, the 87-year
old Marxist leader said "it is Antony who is sleeping like
Kumbhakarna," a character in Ramayana known for his prolonged
spells of sleep.

"Antony was sleeping when terrorists struck at Mumbai. As
Chief Minister he was caught napping while communal carnage
occurred at Marad village in Kerala", the CPI-M leader charged
at a meet-the-press programme here.

Achuthanandan had yesterday called Rahul Gandhi an "Amul
baby" for his jibe that if LDF wins Kerala would have a
93-year old as a chief minister by the next elections.

Achuthanandan`s comments against Gandhi has raised the
hackles of Congress leaders who dubbed it `uncivilised`.

He also sought to know why Antony was not included in
the committee formed to draft the Lokpal Bill.

Antony had earlier said that Achuthanandan had all of a
sudden woken up to proclaim about taking on the corrupt and
sexual abusers, after sleeping or pretending to sleep all
these five years as chief minister.

PTI