War over Wayanad: CPIM calls Rahul Gandhi an “Amul boy,” accuses him of being in cohort with Islamic fundamentalists

A war has broken out between the Congress and the left, ever since it was announced that Rahul Gandhi would be contesting upcoming general elections from CPIM ruled Kerala’s Wayanad. One after another senior leaders of the CPIM are launching attacks on the Congress President for his decision to contest from Wayanad, something which they believe to be against the spirit of opposition alliance.

Veteran CPI(M) leader and former Kerala chief minister VS Achuthanandan, on Monday said that his old remark about the the Congress President being an “Amul baby” is still relevant.

In a Facebook post on Monday, Achuthanandan said, “Earlier, I had called Rahul Gandhi an ‘Amul Baby’ because of his attitude of approaching political situations without a clear understanding. He deals with situations in a childish and emotional manner. I don’t think much has changed in him who’s nearing middle age.”

Earlier, CPIM Kerala State unit General secretary, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan had accused Rahul Gandhi of being hand in gloves with Islamic fundamentalists in the state. Balakrishnan said, “In Wayanad, UDF ally Muslim League is more dominant than the Congress. The latter has also entered into a pact with the Jamaat-e-Islami and the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the political wing of the Popular Front of India. Therefore, Rahul Gandhi is fighting the election as a joint candidate of the Congress, IUML, Jamaat and SDPI.”

Stepping up the attack, the former Kerala home minister asked if the Congress leadership had given a thought to whether entering into alliances with “extremist” organisations would help the grand old party at the national level. “The way to defeat communal BJP is not by joining hands with communal Muslims,” Balakrishnan said.

“It’s the responsibility of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) to defeat Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad… Fielding him from Wayanad shows the Congress has lost the strength to challenge the BJP in north India. Rahul Gandhi fears losing in Amethi,” the CPM Politburo member said.

After the announcement of Gandhi’s candidature from the Kerala seat, Senior CPIM leader Prakash Karat had said that they would “work to ensure the defeat of Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad”.