Kerala Kaumudi Online
Thursday, 06 August 2020 4.40 AM IST

'It is the duty of the opposition to point out mistakes of govt'; Ramesh Chennithala lashes out at Chief Minister


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Responding to the allegations raised by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan against Congress leaders, opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala on Sunday said that it was the duty of the opposition to point out lapses by the government. According to Chennithala, the UDF had extended complete support to the government in the battle against COVID-19 and a control room was opened at his office for helping the government.

Lashing out at the state government, Chennithala claimed that the government is attempting to gain political advantage by taking credit for all the actions done with the help of the opposition. He also accused the government of ignoring the plight of those Keralites who are stranded in various parts of the country and across the world.

"It is the responsibility of the opposition to point out the mistakes of a government. But during COVID-19 we played the role of a constructive opposition and only give suggestions to the government, " he said.

Chennithala further said, Kerala has seen in a recent marriage how a person who got parole participated. How in marriage photos people were seen violating social distancing norms without wearing masks. Pinarayi Vijayan should answer all these questions, he added.

"Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Mullappally Ramachandran made some remark during the Congress dharna. Since he has clarified it by a statement I am not commenting on it. But I want to make it clear that Congress will not allow the ploy of CPM and cyber goons to single out him and attack for his remark," said Chennithala.

"Kerala CM made adverse remarks against KPCC president Mullapally Ramachandran. But Pinarayi Vijayan should remember all those derogatory remarks he made against so many people. Did Vijayan apologize for any of it or did he withdraw it? Likewise, he was silent when his cabinet colleagues and CPM leaders made misogynist remarks against women," he added.

Karnataka PCC operated 19 buses to send stranded Keralites to Kerala. Maharashtra PCC arranged a train for Keralites. The Kerala Chief Minister who boasts about COVID-19 activities should make clear how many buses Kerala government operated. How many trains were asked by Kerala, said Chennithala.

He alleged that nothing was done by the government to bring expats back to Kerala. "The NORKA Roots is just asking expats to register and they are providing no help to them," he added.

He also accused Kerala government of not doing proper COVID tests compared with other states. "Government is trying to hide facts. The government constituted a two-member committee to probe the Sprinklr deal. The Kerala CM should make clear whether the committee has submitted a report," he added.

Chennithala further alleged that Kerala CM is silent on China- India faceoff. Pinarayi should make clear whether it is China in his heart. He is yet to utter China, he added.

"On June 25 Congress will hold Satyagraha in all districts following COVID-19 protocol," said Chennithala.

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