Says Chief Minister wants to make political gains

Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy has alleged that the reported comments made by the Chief Minister on the rise of extremism in the State, though he named the Popular Front of India (PFI), were aimed at maligning a community.

Speaking to presspersons who met him here on Sunday, Mr. Chandy said the Chief Minister had made this statement with ulterior motives to make political gains. This was most unbecoming of a person of his stature.

Reacting to a question, Mr Chandy said the Congress and the United Democratic Front had taken a critical stand against the extremist activities of the Popular Front of India, the moment their involvement was exposed in the incident in which the hand of a college teacher was chopped off for setting a question paper that hurt religious sentiments.

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