MV Govindan | Photo: Ridhin Damu/ Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: CPM state secretary MV Govindan has been receiving flak for some days. Govindan, who is recognised as a moderate figure even among those from other political camps, courted controversy over two issues-mike operator incident and his reaction to LDF convenor’s comment on women protestors.
The mike operator incident happened a few days ago when CPM's ongoing state-wide yatra reached Mala in Thrissur. When Govindan was speaking, the mike operator tried to adjust the mike and in the process ended up standing in front of him. When the operator asked him to move closer to the mike, Govindan asked him not to teach him how to use a mike and that the sound equipment was faulty. He then continued with his speech telling the gathering how a mike operator should function.
Over the incident, critics targeted him and referred to his act as rude and inappropriate for the secretary of a party, which projects itself as labourer’s party. Later, the Thrissur unit of the Mike Operators body termed the behaviour "unacceptable". It has left the aggrieved person deeply disturbed as he was humiliated in the full public glare, they told the media.
"We are not demanding any apology but want to tell the leader that the mike operator is deeply sad and demoralised with the public admonishment. All the operator did was ask Govindan to move closer to the mike in the middle of his speech," they stated.
Meanwhile, his apparent attempt to downplay LDF convenor EP Jayarajan’s recent comments on protestors put him in another trouble. Jayarajan had said that if women with cropped hair wearing shirts, pants or jeans try to protest (resembling men), then they will be handled by the public.
The remarks were deemed misogynist by many and on Wednesday Govindan tried to downplay Jayarajan’s remarks. Govindan said that Jayarajan only intended to say if women look like men, then it will be difficult for police to identify their gender. Veteran Congress leaders including Leader of Opposition VD Satheesan, and KPCC chief K Sudhakaran slammed Govindan for these remarks.
With IANS inputs