Pinarayi Vijayan slams media report about Smriti Irani feeding Amethi labourers stuck in Wayanad, terms it 'propaganda'

'There should be no competition or misleading propaganda that might disrupt or undermine the efforts of the state,' Vijayan added.

Press Trust of India April 09, 2020 21:05:47 IST
Pinarayi Vijayan slams media report about Smriti Irani feeding Amethi labourers stuck in Wayanad, terms it 'propaganda'

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday debunked a media report stating that Union minister Smriti Irani had fed workers belonging to her parliamentary constituency of Amethi, who were stranded in Wayanad due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

RSS mouthpiece, ''Organiser'' had on 6 April carried a report titled ''Smriti Irani helps starving daily wagers of Amethi stranded in Rahul Gandhi''s Wayanad Constituency''.

The report said the minister''s "timely intervention" had saved 35 migrant workers stranded in Karuvarakundu in Malappuram district of the state which falls under the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency of Congress MP Rahul Gandhi.

Vijayan, who met the media after the COVID-19 evaluation meet, said the news was noticed on Tuesday but he had ignored it as "propaganda''.

Pinarayi Vijayan slams media report about Smriti Irani feeding Amethi labourers stuck in Wayanad terms it propaganda

File image of Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. News18

"When we inquired about it, we found that 41 guest workers (migrant workers) were staying together at a place and the panchayat officials had provided 25 kits to them as they had stated that they would cook for themselves. There was no shortage of food there," he said.

Vijayan, however, said he saw a news report from Delhi saying ''Help from Smriti reaches Wayanad'' and ''Rahul helps Amethi''.

"Saw a propaganda piece being circulated through ''Organiser'' of RSS saying that the timely intervention of Smriti Irani helped the starving workers from Amethi. Just want to make one thing clear. The State has been assisting the guest workers and all other hard-hit people of the state.," he said.

"There should be no competition or misleading propaganda that might disrupt or undermine the efforts of the state," he added.

On allegations that the state government was giving more importance to migrant workers, he said they were from the downtrodden section of the community and helping them was the society''s responsibility.

"We feel that our motto, Atithi Devo Bhava, is something which we need to implement in our lives. We need to provide good food, accommodation and necessary medical help," the chief minister said.

The Centre has been requested to allot a special train for them so that they can return to their respective states once the lockdown is lifted, he said.

The state will also provide Rs 1,000 each to at least 10,000 artists who have applied to the government for help during the present circumstances.

Updated Date:

also read

Assembly Elections 2021: Sporadic violence marks voting in Kerala, Bengal; polling largely peaceful in TN, Assam, Puducherry
Politics

Assembly Elections 2021: Sporadic violence marks voting in Kerala, Bengal; polling largely peaceful in TN, Assam, Puducherry

ECI said that elections remained largely peaceful in all states. However, media reports confirmed sporadic spurts of violence in West Bengal where some candidates of the ruling TMC were allegedly attacked by BJP cadres

Assembly Election 2021 Updates: Days after testing COVID-19 positive, DMK's Kanimozhi dons PPE suit to cast vote in Chennai
Politics

Assembly Election 2021 Updates: Days after testing COVID-19 positive, DMK's Kanimozhi dons PPE suit to cast vote in Chennai

Assembly Election 2021 LIVE Updates: The Election Commission has said that the polling was conducted peacefully in all four states and one Union Territory.

Assam, TN, Kerala, Puducherry Elections 2021 Updates: Assam records nearly 80% turnout till 6 pm; Tamil Nadu lags with 64.92% polling
Politics

Assam, TN, Kerala, Puducherry Elections 2021 Updates: Assam records nearly 80% turnout till 6 pm; Tamil Nadu lags with 64.92% polling

Assam, TN, Kerala, Puducherry Elections 2021 LIVE Updates: Meanwhile, Kerala recorded 69.93 percent and Puducherry recorded 77.90 percent polling