Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in a press conference on Thursday slammed Wayanad MP and senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP leader Yogi Adityanath, saying that while they may have "different perspectives" about Kerala, their "feelings" towards the Left government was the same.
An NDTV report stated that the CPI(M) leader directed these remarks to the duo following their own jibes at the incumbent Left government during their respective campaigns ahead of the Kerala Assembly polls.
"Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath may have different perspectives about Kerala but have the same feelings against the Left. They are united in that," NDTV quoted Vijayan as saying.
Vijayan further took separate jibes at the Congress and BJP. He highlighted Congress's "anti-farmer" policies during the 1990s, which he alleged, "pushed farmers to suicide in India." "The blood of lakhs of farmers who died is on Congress," the Kerala CM added.
On Yogi Adityanath and the BJP, Vijayan rebutted the UP CM's claims of increasing communal violence and lack of job opportunities for localities pushing them abroad. "15 per cent of migrant workers in Kerala are from Uttar Pradesh and they are given insurance and other benefits."
He said that there was no instance of communal violence in the past five years and that Uttar Pradesh had the highest number of crimes against women.