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Opponent sues Achuthanandan for `defamatory` remark

Kerala Chief Minister and CPI-M veteran V S Achuthanandan ran into trouble with his opponent and Congress leader Lathika Subhash moving the Election Commission and court against him for making a "defamatory" remark against her.



Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister
and CPI-M veteran V S Achuthanandan on Wednesday ran into trouble
with his opponent and Congress leader in Malampuzha segment
Lathika Subhash moving the Election Commission and court
against him for making a "defamatory" remark against her.

The row was sparked by Achuthanandan`s comment at a
press meet in Palakkad yesterday when he said, "They are
famous, and, if you inquire, you will know how they are
famous," referring to his rival candidate for the April 13
assembly polls.

Stung by 87-year old Achuthanandan`s reported remarks,
Lathika filed a petition in a magistrate court in Palakkad
which decided to record her statement on April 30 while the
state Chief Electoral Officer sought a report from Palakkad
district collector on the issue.

Achuthanandan also moved the EC complaining that there
had been some attempts to misinterpret his statement.

Earlier, reacting to the charge, Achuthanandan said he
did not intend to insult Lathika and what he meant was that
she was famous as she had earlier served as
Kottayam district
panchayat president and as KPCC secretary.

Congress leaders, including Defence Minister AK
Antony, the party`s women`s wing and several women rights
activists flayed the Marxist leader for his "unsavoury" dig at
his opponent.

In her complaint to EC, 45-year-old Lathika said
Achuthanandan`s remarks were intended to defeat her in the
polls through character assassination by using "innuendos",
which involved violation of poll codes.

Rejecting the charge of deliberately casting a slur,
Achuthanandan said in Kozhikode he was a person who always
held women in high respect.

Lathika said, "It is unfortunate that a person who is
10 years older than my father has made such a remark."
Lathika was handpicked by the Congress in the CPI(M)
bastion against Achuthanandan, who has made his "relentless
struggles" against exploiters of women as a key plank.

National award-winning actress Sarada, who is in the
state for UDF`s campaign, said a senior leader like
Achuthanandan should not have made such a comment against a
woman.

PTI

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