As campaigning for the meeting polls reached a feverish pitch in Kerala, former MP Joyce George courted controversy by making alleged derogatory remarks towards Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in reference to the latter’s interplay with college students of a girls’s school in Kochi final week. George, who had gained because the CPI(M) supported impartial in the course of the 2014 Parliament election from Idukki, made extremely objectionable feedback towards the Nehru scion whereas addressing an election rally at Irattayar on Monday.
Distancing himself from the feedback, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan mentioned the LDF’s stand is to not personally assault Gandhi.
“We are going to oppose him politically not personally”, Vijayan instructed reporters in Kasaragod on Tuesday. Attacking the opposition Congress-led UDF and Rahul
Gandhi specifically, George mentioned Gandhi would go to solely girls’s faculties and the women must be “cautious” whereas coping with the previous Congress President.
“Women by no means bend down in entrance of him.. he’s an single bother maker,” he alleged.
The previous Left impartial MP’s remarks got here days after Gandhi had given Aikido classes on the famed St Teresa’s Faculty in Kochi based mostly on the request of a scholar.
The Congress chief had visited the ladies’s school for interplay with college students after he arrived on the state for election campaigning.
Joyce George’s assertion drew intense criticism from the Congress fold.
Chief of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala on Tuesday termed the sexually colored remarks towards Gandhi as ‘unlucky and unacceptable.’
A case must be registered towards the previous MP and he must be arrested, he mentioned.
Member of Parliament and Youth Congress chief Dean Kuriakose lashed out on the ex-MP and mentioned George might need spoken about his personal character.
“The vulgarity inside him has come out now. What’s his advantage to criticise Rahul Gandhi? He’s making an attempt to observe the footsteps of energy minister MM Mani, recognized for making such derogatory feedback,” he mentioned.
Kuriakose mentioned by means of the feedback, the previous MP had not solely insulted Gandhi but in addition the lady college students.
He additionally mentioned he would quickly lodge a grievance with the Election Fee towards George on this regard.
Criticising George, Kerala Congress chief PJ Joseph mentioned the remarks have been “immature” and wished to know whether or not it was the opinion of all the LDF.
Nevertheless, minister MM Mani justified George and mentioned he had not made any anti-women remarks and solely criticised Rahul Gandhi.