Rahul an "Amul baby”: VS Achuthananadan
Kerala CM hit back at Rahul Gandhi for his jibe at the CPI-M stalwart on his age.
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister
VS Achuthananadan on Sunday hit back at Rahul Gandhi for his jibe
at the CPI-M stalwart on his age, calling him an "Amul baby".
Achuthananadan also countered Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh for his criticism that the Left rule had done serious
damage to Kerala and West Bengal, asking him not to speak with
"hangover of a former IMF officer".
"Rahul Gandhi is an Amul baby. He has come to Kerala to
campaign for Amul babies," Achuthanandan said in Palakkad
while addressing election rallies.
Taking a dig at 87-year-old Achutanandan, Gandhi(40),
projected as the youth face of the Congress, had said at a
campaign meeting in the state yesterday that if LDF was
re-elected, Kerala would have a 93-year-old as Chief Minister
in five years time.
Responding to the jibe, Achuthanandan said he began his
political career as a 16-year-old and, quoting a malayalam
poem, said he had spent his youth without bowing before the
"vassals of the corrupt order."
Countering the Prime Minister`s criticism that the Left
rule had done serious damage to Kerala and West Bengal, the
old CPI(M) warhorse said Singh should not have talked
with the "hangover of a former IMF officer."
Singh`s claim that Centre had generously supported
Kerala sounded like the Americans` claim in the past that they
had been providing food items for school children in India, he
"It was part of the federal system that part of the
taxes collected from the states were devolved on them. It was
by glossing over this principle that the Prime Minister was
making such claims at meetings ", he said.
While some UPA partners indulged in corruption, Singh
was saying he was helpless, he said.
It was on account of the "massive" corruption under UPA
rule that Gandhian Anna Hazare launched his campaign demanding
aneffective Lokpal bill, he said.
Achuthanandan said Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who
came to canvass for UDF candidates, also used the
opportunity to hurl charges at LDF which were far from true.
She had claimed that it was UPA`s policies that stopped
farmers` suicides in Kerala. Then how come that Congress
governments in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra could not stop
farmers` suicides in those states he asked.