Controversy erupts over minister's presence in dinner party at NDA convener's house

Dinner party attended by minister Thomas Isaac. NDA constituency convener Ranjith can be seen standing near table.

Vypin: A controversy has erupted over the presence of minister Dr Thomas Isaac and others in a dinner party held in the house of NDA Vypin constituency convener Ranjith Rajvi during the election time. Apart from the minister, LDF candidate K N Unnikrishnan, CPM area committee members and SNDP office-bearers also attended the dinner.

Ranjith's wife Krishnakumari is the state president of SNDP Yogam Vanitha Sangham. Ranjith has been the constituency president of BDJS ever since the party was formed and also a leader of the Hindu Aikya Vedi.

It was first informed that K N Unnikrishnan will arrive to meet Vanitha Sangham leader Krishnakumari on March 28. Later, they informed that minister Thomas Isaac will be coming to Vypin as part of campaign and he also will be with him.

"No matter which party leader visited our home, we will receive them decently. We followed that etiquette only," Ranjith said in response to the controversy.

However, Congress leaders alleged that a meeting of LDF supporters in the SNDP was held at a leading hotel in Cherai following this dinner party. CPM candidate also attended this event. NDA engaged in vote trade through BDJS leaders, alleged Congress block president and election committee convener VS Soliraj.

Meanwhile, CPM area committee member AP Prinil who attended the controversial dinner said that allegations are baseless. We just visited the house seeking support of the lady, who is a community leader and social worker. Krishnakumari later joined the campaign for LDF candidate, Prinil added.

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