Under attack over his purported remarks that “people want him to become next chief minister” of poll bound Kerala, 93-year-old V S Achutanandan, on Saturday dismissed the The Indian Express report in this regard as “absolutely baseless” and said his “words had been twisted”.
On being asked if he is a popular choice for the CM’s post, Achutanandan had said “Yes, people want me to become the chief minister. But everything has to be decided by the party leadership and the LDF.”
However, he later denied making such statement. “What I had said was the future chief minister will be decided by the party leadership. My words have been twisted.”
“I had told the journalist who had asked me who will be the next CM , that ‘my party will decide’. But a totally contrary report has come out. Words which I have not said have been put into my mouth. That is a roguish act and people should see it that way,” Achutanandan told reporters at Kozhikode.
Meanwhile, KPCC President, V M Sudheeran, said in a Facebook post that Achutanandan was harbouring dreams of becoming the CM again and that has come out in the open. “He cannot escape by blaming the media,” he said.