Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy speaking with the media on Wednesday
Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy speaking with the media on Wednesday

PM Modi's comments on Sabarimala very unfortunate: Chandy

ANI | Updated: Jan 16, 2019 23:32 IST

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], Jan 16 (ANI): Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comments on the Sabarimala issue in a rally on Tuesday were "very unfortunate".
Speaking with media, Chandy said: "The Prime minister's comments on Sabarimala were very unfortunate. We expected that he will propose some solution to solve this issue, but the Prime Minister did not do like that".
He further refuted PM Modi's 'double standard' accusations on the Congress, saying that his party has a definite stand on the Sabarimala issue.
"We gave a new affidavit, withdrawing the affidavit filed by the LDF, to protect the interests of the devotees. Our stand is very clear, we are with the devotees and at the same time we are against taking political advantage of the Sabarimala issue," Chandy said.
"We have no confusion, our stand is not a new stand. We took the stand when we were in power, we withdrawn of the affidavit of the LDF government and we gave affidavit in consultation of all consent people," he added.
During his rally on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the LDF's conduct on the Sabarimala issue "will go down in history as one of the most shameful behaviours by any party and government". He also accused the Congress party-led UDF of having "multiple stands", saying "they say one thing in Parliament but a different thing in Pathanamthitta".
Commenting on PM Modi's reported claims of creating a Tripura-like effect in Kerala, Chandy the senior Congress leader said, "That is only a dream, nothing will happen in Kerala".
He also accused the BJP of using money, power and the central government's influence to destabilise the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka.
"This is very dangerous. Confidence in the Central government is very important. Ours is a federal system, so Centre and the state government have to work together. We have to respect the democratic principles both ways, in the state relations and the administrative matters," the senior Congress leader said.
Karnataka was thrown into a political frenzy on Monday when two independent MLAs in the Karnataka Assembly - R Shankar and H Nagesh - withdrew their support from the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in the state.
Both BJP and the Congress-JD(S) alliance have traded poaching allegations with each other, with the BJP camping all 104 of its elected lawmakers from the state in a Gurugram hotel.
The BJP also used the situation to pile pressure on the incumbent government, saying that the withdrawal of support by the two MLAs indicates unrest within their ranks and a possible premature end to their term. However, Congress and JD(S) leaders have expressed calm, saying that the situation does not affect them in any way and that their government is well under control. (ANI)