"Poisonous will keep spitting poison," the chief minister of Kerala says in response to a Union minister.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Responds to Union Minister Rajeev Chandrashekhar's Remarks on Recent Blasts
In the aftermath of the tragic blasts in Kerala's Kalamassery that claimed the lives of three individuals, including a 12-year-old girl, a verbal exchange unfolded between Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Minister Rajeev Chandrashekhar.
Vijayan, during a media interaction, indirectly referred to Chandrashekhar's comments, stating, "Those who are poisonous will keep spitting poison." This came in response to Chandrashekhar's criticism of Vijayan's participation in a protest against the Israel-Hamas conflict while the state was grappling with the recent blasts. Chandrashekhar had accused Vijayan of engaging in "appeasement politics."
Chandrashekhar, in a series of posts on social media, questioned Vijayan's stance, emphasizing the ongoing threat posed by the Hamas organization and the attacks on Christians. He criticized the Kerala CM's actions from the standpoint of the developing situation.
Vijayan, in his response, called for restraint, especially from a Union Minister, and urged respect for the ongoing investigations. He questioned the basis for Chandrashekhar's statements, asserting that targeting a specific community and taking a particular angle was premature, considering the ongoing probe. Vijayan emphasized Kerala's historical stance against communalism and highlighted the need for responsible statements from individuals in positions of authority.
This exchange reflects the tensions surrounding the tragic incident in Kerala and the differing perspectives on the appropriate response in the midst of an ongoing investigation.