Political leaders forget real issues, revolve around controversies
Kozhikode: For the past two days, Kerala politics revolves around the 'toddy tapper's son' remark made by K Sudhakaran against the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan during the Aishwarya Kerala Yatra led by Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala.
Sudhakaran had criticized Pinarayi Vijayan saying a toddy tapper's son is roaming around in helicopter which was purchased for Rs 18 crore from the state treasury. However, the remark created a controversy after two days. First, MLA Shanimol Usman criticised Sudhakaran for the mean comment. However, she apologised to him later and supported his stand.
Soon after this, CPM leaders also took up the issue. CPM state secretary A Vijayaraghavan, minister A K Balan and others slammed Sudhakaran for the casteist statement. Later, BJP state president K Surendran supported Sudhakaran while Sobha Surendran took an opposing stand due to the difference of opinion she had with the state president.
The political leaders themselves should think if the current discussions should be limited to allegations and counter-allegations and casteist remarks. It is learnt that Sudhakaran lost the state president post due to the groupism in Congress. As the fresh controversies outshone the message of the Aishwarya Kerala Yatra itself, even the party leaders supported Sudhakaran.
The social media platforms also were filled with opinions about the controversy. When the state is about to face the assembly polls, the point of discussion deviates from development, economic policies and other important issues.