Read along with the present controversies around Chandy, the editorial comes across as an indirect warning to Chandy

Is the congress mouth piece taking potshots at Oommen Chandy
news Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 19:51

After the alleged letter from Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala to Congress high command against Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, he has apparently been backstabbed by his party again through an editorial in a Congress mouthpiece.

The editorial titled ‘Folding hands in memory of leader’ was published in state Congress mouthpiece Veekshanam on Tuesday against the backdrop of former Chief Minister K Karunakaran’s 5th death anniversary.

The editorial indirectly discusses the ‘inabilities’ of present CM in comparison with Karunakaran. The editorial mainly praised Karunakaran and his rule by comparing it to the present situation.

Read along with the present controversies around Chandy, the editorial comes across as an indirect warning to Chandy.

The editorial begins with a quote which means that the value of something is known only after it is lost. It says that given the present condition of the Congress in Kerala, every Congress leader wishes for the presence of the leader.

Taking a jibe at the factionalism within the UDF, the article says, “Karunakaran gave every faction what it deserved, and did not allow anyone to grab anything. He did not allow Congress to become a drum in public place so that everyone can bang on it.”

It also pointed that Karunakaran maintained a close relationship with every community, and that he treated everyone equally. “He was the only political leader in Kerala who maintained a good relationship with all, Christian, Muslim and Hindu communities.”

He was a good leader whose leadership nobody dared to question. Even his colleagues in the cabinet did not dare question his orders, the article said. Media reports say that this line refers to the tiff between Jacob Thomas and Oommen Chandy. Thomas has been alleging that Chandy was favouring big businesses.

Veekshanam said that no allegations were able to weaken the Karunakaran’s stature as he was a warrior. “In 1967 congress had won in just nine seats and only because of Karunakaran’s 'chanakya' techniques the party could raise it to 32 in 70s,”article reads.

Media reports say that Veekshanam has indirectly compared the present rule with the previous one.


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