Thiruvananthapuram: The Congress and the CPI(M), on Wednesday, lambasted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his statements made on former Chief Minister R Sankar at the statue-unveiling ceremony organised in Kollam.
Lashing out at Modi for trying to portray the former Congress chief minister as an RSS activist, KPCC president V M Sudheeran accused Modi of spreading falsehood.
He went on to add that the RSS and the BJP were trying to pull R Sankar, who had always been a Congressman, into their fold, through false propaganda.
Alleging that the Prime Minister was playing dirty politics, Sudheeran added that Modi needs to apologize to R Sankar’s family and also the people of Kerala.
The statue unveiling function had left out Chief Minister Oommen Chandy from attending the event. Pointing to this as a grave insult, Sudheeran said the Chief Minister was excluded from the function as it was charted out by Narendra Modi and his power broker in Kerala, Vellappally Natesan.
The CPI(M) also came out harshly against Narendra Modi’s statements made on Tuesday. Party leader Pinarayi Vijayan accused the BJP of attempting to hijack R Sankar, who was a congress man. Pointing out that the BJP doesn’t have capable leaders who they can hold aloft in front of the masses, Pinarayi Vijayan added that the BJP’s act of trying to pull leaders such as Sardar Vallabhai Patel and R Sankar into their fold exposes this.
In his speech after unveiling R Sankar’s statue on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that R Sankar was connected with the Hindu Maha Mandalam, and also about Sankar’s cordial relationship with Jana Sangh leader Syama Prasad Mukherjee.