A war of words has erupted between Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan following a series of blasts in the state’s Kalamassey area. The clash began after the Union minister posted several messages condemning the Kerala blasts on social media platform X (formerly Twitter).
In response, Chief Minister Vijayan accused the Union minister of engaging in ‘appeasement politics’ and threatened legal action for making communally-charged remarks.
The Union minister, in a press conference, defended his statements, clarifying that he specifically mentioned ‘Hamas’ and not any particular community. He expressed concern that the Kerala CM seemed to be equating Hamas with the broader community.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar pointed to an online address by former Hamas chief Khaled Mashal during a pro-Palestine rally in Malappuram on October 28. He raised questions about the growth of radical elements in the state, suggesting that both the Left and Congress have allowed this trend.
The ongoing exchange of words between the Union minister and the Kerala CM began after the blasts at a community center that tragically claimed three lives, including that of a 12-year-old child. The Union minister criticized the Kerala government for practicing ‘appeasement politics’ in his posts on X.
The situation escalated further when Chandrasekhar referenced a pro-Palestine protest in Delhi in which CM Vijayan had participated, pointing out that while he protested against Israel in Delhi, in Kerala, calls by the terrorist organization Hamas for Jihad led to attacks and bomb blasts on innocent Christians.
In response to Chandrasekhar’s statements, Chief Minister Vijayan indirectly referred to him as ‘poisonous’ during a media interaction. He reiterated his stance of not engaging in appeasement politics and expressed his protest against Israel.
In a counter-statement, the Union minister accused the Kerala CM of using the communalism argument to shield his inefficiency as the state’s home minister. He cited the Elathur train attack as an example, where the incident was initially dismissed as the act of a mentally-ill person but was later revealed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to have links to terrorism.
Chandrasekhar highlighted a pattern of appeasement of radical elements in Kerala by both the Congress and the Left parties. He pointed to the Kozhikode attempt to burn a train, emphasizing the potential for significant casualties if it had succeeded.