Kannur: K. Sudhakaran, the President of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), has refuted allegations made by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI (M) against the central government regarding rice cultivation issues in the state. Sudhakaran addressed the media, stating that the campaign launched by the Pinarayi government, asserting that the central government owes funds, is misleading.
According to Sudhakaran, the Central Government disbursed funds based on the estimates provided by the Kerala Government. Therefore, he argued, there is no basis for blaming the central government in the matter concerning the state’s farmers. Sudhakaran also questioned the validity of criticism aimed at actor Jayasurya, suggesting that objective statements should not be dismissed simply because of the person who made them.
He stated, “Can it be wrong just because Jayasurya said it? Jayasurya said objective things”. He further criticised the Kerala government for providing funds to Krishna Prasad as a bank loan after a delay of two and a half months, emphasising the significant amount owed to farmers. Sudhakaran accused the government of failing to fulfil promises of subsidies and other benefits, describing it as a disservice to the farming community.
Sudhakaran asserted that when farmers raise concerns about their issues, the government should not attempt to suppress them with political maneuvers. He criticised the Left’s approach as one of “gangster politics” that avoids confronting reality.
The Left’s political tactics, characterised as aggressive or thuggish, appear to shy away from facing the truth. Sudhakaran emphasised that every citizen in the country has the fundamental right to express their opinions, whether in support of or against the existing systems. He firmly stated that no matter how many leaders like Pinarayi there might be, suppressing this right will not be tolerated in Kerala.