Cong slams Achuthanandan for anti-Rajiv comments

Congress slammed Kerala CM and Marxist veteran VS Achuthanandan for his adverse remarks against former PM Rajiv Gandhi.

Updated: Jul 04, 2010, 21:43 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: Congress on Sunday slammed
Kerala Chief Minister and Marxist veteran V S Achuthanandan
for his adverse remarks against former Prime Minister Rajiv
Gandhi and demanded an unqualified apology from him for making
"cruel and absurd" allegations against the late leader.

Talking to reporters here, KPCC president Ramesh
Chennithala said Achuthanandan`s allegation that Rajiv Gandhi
was responsible for the anti-Sikh riots in 1985 was totally
baseless as the late leader was at that time mourning the
assassination of his mother Indira Gandhi.

"It is not surprising that Achuthanandan will not
hesitate to tell lies as he was a leader who ran away from
Punnapra-Vayalar uprising spearheaded by the communists in
1940s after throwing the rank and file to the mercy of the
soldiers of the Travancore royal administration", the Congress
leader said.

"Rajiv Gandhi was a leader who sacrificed his life for
the nation. When the anti-Sikh riots broke out in New Delhi,
Rajiv had called upon the party functionaries to go to the
riot-hit areas for restoration of peace", he said adding, as
NSU-I president then, he knew this personally.

Achuthanandan`s allegation that Rajiv allowed former
Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson to escape the country
after the Bhopal gas tragedy was also utterly baseless, he

While addressing a party meeting at Thamarakkulam in
Alappuzha district yesterday, Achuthanandan came down heavily
on Rajiv Gandhi apparently provoked by Congress stalling the
assembly porceedings on Friday last over his "inadvertent"
comment in the House on the late leader.

Though Achuthanandan had clarified in the house itself
that it was a `slip of the tongue` as it was Sanjay Gandhi who
he actually meant, Congress leaders took it as an affront to
their leader.

Senior Congress leader and former Kerala Chief Minister
Oommen Chandy said a man occupying the position of Chief
Minister should not have made such `unsavoury comments` on a
leader like Rajiv Gandhi, revered by millions in the country.

Meanwhile, Youth Congress activists burnt Achuthanandan`s
effigy in different parts of the state in protest against
his remarks.