Union minister K J Alphons has taken strong exception to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s remarks on BJP president Amit Shah, saying there “must be more dignity in politics”. The BJP does not believe in muscle power but in mental strength and civilised discourse, Alphons said.
In Kerala on Saturday, Shah targeted Vijayan for taking action against protesters near Sabarimala. He claimed that an “Emergency-like” situation was prevailing and accused the government of “playing with fire”. His remarks drew a strong reaction from Vijayan, who termed Shah’s warning an “attack” on the Supreme Court and Constitution.
Hitting back at Shah, Vijayan said that his remarks came in the backdrop of the Ram temple-Babri Masjid case. Referring to Shah’s warning that the LDF government will not last, the CM had said, “BJP workers’ godfather Amit Shah made a declaration in Kerala that the state government would be pulled down. That body (Shah’s) does not seem to have that much strength to pull down the government. That body is not enough (to unseat the government). Amit Shah, such things you can practise in Gujarat.”
Alphons said on Monday that Vijayan’s attack was defamatory. “I believe there must be more dignity in politics. Shah was in Kerala and he made some statements on behalf of the people of Kerala. The Kerala CM made some extremely unfortunate comments about Mr Shah. Some personal attacks which are hugely undignified. He talked about the body fat of Shah. He said he was not fat enough to bring down the government of Kerala. He also said his body had too much water content to have enough muscle strength to bring down the government. It is very unfortunate,” he said.
The minister said the BJP chief had the mental strength to make the party victorious in 19 states, and argued that Shah was reflecting the sentiments of the people in Kerala. “If you don’t respect the sentiments and determination of the people, the government will be brought down… it’s a perfectly democratic statement. But the reaction was defamatory,” Alphons said, adding that the BJP would go “to people’s court” with this issue. The minister refused to comment on the Supreme Court verdict on Sabarimala.
Meanwhile, at an LDF rally in Kochi on Monday, Vijayan accused Shah of trying to destabilise the Left government on Sabarimala issue. “Heard that Shah has done certain things in certain places. He may have many such wishes. But the soil of this state is different and it is not the right place for executing his such plans,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)