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Lok Sabha polls: Troubled start for Congress in Kerala

Congress legislator V T Balram called local bishop Mathew Anikuzhikkattil a wrecked creature on Facebook.

Thiruvananthapuram |
March 17, 2014 12:06:09 pm

In Idukki, maverick Congress legislator V T Balram, known for his candid comments on controversial issues, called local bishop Mathew Anikuzhikkattil a wrecked creature.

The bishop’s unfriendly approach towards Congress candidate Dean Kuriakose is said to be the reason behind Balram’s Facebook outburst.

In the presence of media, the bishop said Congress leaders are arrogant and wanted the party to throw out Minister Adoor Prakash, who, according to the bishop, was working against the interest of farmers.

Balram posted on Facebook that it is a common courtesy to behave decently when someone approaches you seeking votes. And it is a pity that there are wrecked creatures who shoo away those who come to their home.

Fearing that the Congress legislator’s comment would adversely hit party prospects in Idukki, Congress state president V M Sudheeran warned that leaders should be cautious while making comments. Balram came under fire at the party election committee meeting, where Sudheeran assured the members that he would discipline the young legislator.

The Idukki diocese wanted the Congress to apologize for the legislator’s “insulting” comment.

Adding to the Congress woe, sitting MP P T Thomas, who is at loggerheads with the Church leadership in Idukki, said he wanted to keep away from electioneering in Idukki.

In Wayanad, sitting MP M I Shanavas was forced to leave an election convention after Congress workers pulled up the MP for his alleged poor performance.

Although the MP apologized for his failure, the workers were not in a mood to relent. Earlier, Congress ally IUML had expressed its reservation against Shanavas’ candidature in Wayanad.

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