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Thiruvananthapuram: The Congress in Kerala on Wednesday attacked Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for tagging a letter written by senior party leader Rahul Gandhi on the Kerala Loka Sabha (KLB) on his Twitter page.
Pinarayi Vijayan had made public Rahul Gandhi’s letter by thanking him for the ”warm greetings to the Loka Kerala Sabha,” a meeting of expatriates, currently on Thiruvananthapuram.
The Congress-led opposition in the state is boycotting the KLS.
“In his message, @RahulGandhi had opined that “the Loka Kerala Sabha is a great platform to connect with the diaspora and recognize their contribution”, Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted quoting from the letter.
Thank you Shri. Rahul Gandhi for your warm greetings to the Loka Kerala Sabha (@LokaKeralaSabha).
— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) January 2, 2020
AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal and Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Ramesh Chennithala came out against Pinarayi Vijayan, saying he was trying to whip up a controversy as the Wayanad MP’s letter was only a gesture of courtesy.
Rahul Gandhi had sent the letter on December 12 while the Congress-led opposition UDF decided to keep away from the KLB on December 20, Ramesh Chennithala said.
There was no need to make the letter controversial as it was sent days before the UDF took the decision not to participate, KC Venugopal said in Thrissur. Ramesh Chennithala said it is natural for Rahul Gandhi to reply to the letter written by the Chief minister inviting him for the meeting.
The attempt is to stoke a controversy, which was unfortunate, he added.
The UDF decided to boycott the meeting, as it was being organised extravagantly at a time when the government has no funds to even pay salaries.
No decisions taken at last year’s KLS have been implemented so far, he alleged.
Rahul Gandhi had shown courtesy by replying to the letter and it is unfortunate that the Chief minister is trying to exploit it, he said.