Palakkad: A political slugfest erupted in Kerala on Tuesday after posters of Congress MP VK Sreekandan were seen pasted on the state’s first Vande Bharat Express which was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Posters of the Palakkad MP appeared on the semi-high-speed train when it reached Shoranur Junction.
PM Modi on Tuesday launched Kerala’s first Vande Bharat train which connects the state capital Thiruvananthapuram with Kasaragod. The train will have stoppages at Kollam, Kottayam, Ernakulam Town, Thrissur, Shoranur Junction, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod.
The posters were allegedly pasted by his supporters for his role in ensuring a halt at Shoranur Junction. Sreekandan and his supporters were present at the railway station to welcome the train when it reached the Shoranur Junction. RPF personnel later removed the posters, PTI reported.
BJP slams Congress MP for ‘nefarious activity’
The incident evoked sharp reactions from the BJP, which said that defacing the Vande Bharat Express is a “nefarious activity” of the Kerala Congress workers. BJP state president K Surendran in a tweet said, “Defacing #VandeBharatExpress in Palakkad is a nefarious activity of the @INCKerala workers. Thse criminals are the followers of the ‘crowned prince’. Shame.”
The BJP leader also slammed the Palakkad MP wondering how a Member of Parliament and his supporters can behave with such a “dirty mind”. Sreekandan, however, said that he did not ask his followers to paste his posters on the train and accused the BJP of deliberately trying to create a controversy out of it.
Flagged off on Tuesday, Kerala’s Vande Bharat will start its regular services from Kasaragod station at 2.30 pm today and from Thiruvananthapuram station on April 28