Alphons Kannanthanam takes on jobless Malayalee trollers'

Says he would continue to take up social issues despite social media trolls.

KOLLAM: Indirectly referring to the trolls on the social media against his statements, Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam on Sunday said it was the jobless Malayalees who create them. The Minister also said that the people in Kerala are narrow-minded who mostly think only of their own families and not of others who lack money. Mr Kannanthanam was speaking to mediapersons in Pathanamthitta. "Only 1% of the citizens used to pay taxes earlier. There is the resistance when the government starts to curb such illegal activities, and there are now even chances for a financial slowdown. Such hurdles are usual for any such revolutionary changes. I will reiterate the issues including the lack of toilets and the education issues of the poor children ignoring the trollers. I take them lightly," he added.

The Minister had earlier said the extra income earned from the petrol price hike could be used for activities including the construction of toilets. Addressing the Janaraksha Yatra in Pathanamthitta, Mr Kannanthanam said the country was safe for religious minorities and that no mosques were attacked after Modi government came into power. Anything that portrays the Central government in the bad light is part of the propaganda used by the opposition parties during elections, he said.

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who addressed the public at the BJP march in Kottarakkara said it is a "stubborn" government that rules the state of Kerala and the people should strive to change this "bad"image. "While the Central Government aims at the development of the country, the Pinarayi-led Government here is trying to create panic. The Malayalees who are culturally elevated should disrespect the violent politics of CPM," he said.

Referring to the political murders that took place in the state, Mr Parrikar said he was advised to step up security during his visit to Kerala. "It points at the image of the state in other parts of the country." The BJP march in the district which concluded at Cantonment ground in Kollam also had the presence of Central Minister Nithin Gadkari. Meanwhile, Union Defence minister Nirmala Seetharaman who was scheduled to take part in the march did not turn up.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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