Senior Congress leader AK Antony on Monday hit back at Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, saying he did not need a certificate of secularism from the Marxist strongman.
“I entered politics before Pinarayi Vijayan. I have always articulated my opinion with clarity and have nothing to hide,” Antony said, accusing Pinarayi of acting like the “lieutenant of the right-wing BJP and its ideological mentor RSS”.
Antony’s sharp attack on the CPM was prompted by the latter’s criticism of the Congress leader, accusing him of “providing fodder for BJP’s growth in Kerala”.
Antony alleged that Pinarayi was “the chieftain of RSS and BJP and wishes to see riots in Sabarimala”.
“I’m a person who started political activities much ahead of Pinarayi…I’m a person who has expressed my stand always. I’ve nothing to hide,” he said at a press conference in Kozhikode.