Rahul Gandhi’s Statement Against Pinarayi Vijayan Labeled “Immature” by CPI’s D. Raja

CPI Criticizes Rahul Gandhi's Stance, Calls for Withdrawal of Statement

CPI Criticizes Rahul Gandhi’s Stance, Calls for Withdrawal of Statement

In a recent development in Kerala’s political landscape, Communist Party of India Secretary D. Raja criticized Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s statement against Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, labelling it “immature and baseless.” The statement was made during Mr Raja’s address to the media in Wayanad on April 20.

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Mr Raja urged Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge and All India Congress Committee General Secretary K.C. Venugopal to advise Mr Gandhi to withdraw his statement, which invited the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to arrest Mr Vijayan. He emphasized that such remarks were not only unfortunate but also ill-timed, given the ongoing protests against the arrests of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren across the nation.

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Highlighting Mr Gandhi’s status as a former Prime Ministerial candidate, Mr Raja pointed out that Mr Gandhi was not the PM candidate of the INDIA bloc in the upcoming elections. The INDIA bloc aims to displace the BJP from power. Still, it has yet to nominate Mr. Gandhi as its PM candidate officially.

Regarding the CPI’s collaboration with Congress at the national level while being a political rival in Kerala, Mr Raja clarified that the political rivalry in Kerala was between the LDF and the UDF, not involving the NDA or the INDIA bloc. He emphasized that a broader perspective beyond regional political dynamics guided the formation of the INDIA bloc.

Responding to concerns about collaborating with Mr Gandhi post-election, despite his controversial statement, Mr Raja reiterated that the bloc’s purpose was to address larger political goals and challenges, which required a strategic approach that went beyond individual statements or incidents.

Mr Raja also commented on the NDA’s focus on southern India, attributing it to their anticipation of a potential national government change and a subsequent loss of power in northern India.

The criticisms by Mr Raja underscore a growing complexity in the political landscape of Kerala and the dynamics within the broader national opposition blocs as the country approaches critical election cycles.

The statements and positions discussed here reflect the ongoing debates and strategies shaping India’s political arena, particularly in the context of regional alliances and national-level aspirations.

Source: The Hindu

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