Row over Rahul's Kerala rally

Row over Rahul's Kerala rally

Even as a controversy kicked off over alleged security lapses during Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Kerala on Monday, his conduct at the party’s road show in Alappuzha also drew criticism.

Gandhi joined the Yuva Kerala Yatra organised by the state unit of the Youth Congress in Nooranad, Alappuzha, on Monday. As hundreds of excited party workers gathered around the leader and triggered security concerns at the location, Gandhi was advised by Special Protection Group personnel to board a police vehicle.
After walking with Youth Congress activists for a short distance, Gandhi mounted a police vehicle and travelled along with the rally, even as party activists and supporters continued to run along with the vehicle and tried to touch and talk to the leader.

CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday criticised Gandhi’s “antics”. He slammed the Congress’ efforts to interpret his public behaviour as simplicity. “What he has done should not be viewed as a leader’s simplicity or humility. Travelling atop a police vehicle at an event like this is idiotic and against the law,” Vijayan said.

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