Kerala’s Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan embroiled himself in a controversy on Tuesday by commenting on the Minister of State of Home Affairs, Mullappally Ramachandran, in the state assembly. Thiruvanchoor implied that the junior minister had given him a list of persons who were to be considered the accused in the controversial Revolutionary Marxist Party leader T.P. Chandrashekharan’s murder case.
This matter did not go down well, because soon after it took place, Ramachandran posted a strong objection on his Facebook wall saying,
“The minister’s statement amounts to casting aspersions on a person who cannot come and defend himself on the floor of the Kerala assembly. This is against all canons of parliamentary rules and procedure.”
It started with Shashi Tharoor on Twitter, and now with Mullapally Ramachandran on Facebook, it seems that the Kerala government seems to be using social media well to spill out their political differences.
This facebook objection by Ramachandran has given a chance to CPI(M) leaders to seek an explanation from both the state and Central Minister on the T. P. Chandrasekharan case.
However, Kerala’s Home Minister is denying all such allegations. In his defence he said,
“I never said that Mullapally Ramachandran has named anybody or has given a list, CPI(M) is now trying to manipulate. I said I will talk to Mullapally Ramachandran about the issue but maintain as before that no one from outside should influence such investigations.”
He even admitted that using social media wasn’t his usual style of functioning.
This matter is expected to be raised to the leader of Lok Sabha now. As of now, we could say that Kerala’s encounter with social networking, as on Facebook, didn’t do well with their government.