The MLA had earlier written a couple of posts criticising the CM’s silence in a controversy involving Pinarayi’s party

VT Balram mocks CM Pinarayi for comments on Syria but silence on Dalit sisters arrest
news Monday, June 20, 2016 - 16:08

On Monday morning, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan courted controversy when he condemned the suicide attack in Syria on the Patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church, Ignatius Aphrem II, in a post on Facebook as well as in a press release.

This has spurred volumes of criticism in social media, since the CM has been refusing to comment on the controversial arrest of two Dalit sisters in Kerala for allegedly attacking a CPI(M) activist.

Thrithala constituency MLA and Congress leader VT Balram has been among the more prominent faces coming down heavily on the CM. In a recent Facebook post taunting Pinarayi, Balram said that for the CM commenting on issues in Syria is reflective of heroism, as compared to speaking about what happened in Thalassery (the CM’s hometown).

“Why should I comment on issues of Thalassery. Those are silly issues that have to be answered by the police. I am giving my opinion on the Syria issue, isn’t that the heroism,” Balram wrote on FB, along with a screen shot of Pinarayi’s status condemning the attack.

The MLA had earlier written a couple of posts criticising the CM’s silence in a controversy involving Pinarayi’s party.

According to the family of the Dalit sisters, they have been subjected to continued harassment and physical assaults for several years, and have been repeatedly abused on casteist terms by CPI (M) activists.

Despite media attention, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has feigned ignorance about the incident and has refused to comment on it.

 

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