Thiruvananthapuram, Apr 29 (PTI) Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan has alleged that the 'over confidence of Kerala' in handling the pandemic had caused a spurt in COVID-19 cases in Idukki and Kottayam districts.
His remarks drew the ire of state minister Kadakampally Surendran, who asked him to evaluate the situation in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state, where coronavirus cases are on the rise, and to concentrate on bringing back expats stuck in various countries.
Muraleedharan, in a Facebook post on April 28 had said that Kerala was 'on cloud nine' when it declared Idukki and Kottayam as two districts in the green zone.
'However, hours after this we saw a spurt in fresh cases in these districts. Thegovernment was not cautious and instead went applauding themselves and landed in trouble.
Instead of engaging in PR activities, they should have concentrated in handling the pandemic,' he posted.
Slamming the union minister and BJP leader for his comments, Surendran asked him to urge other states to follow the Kerala model.
'Gujarat is the home state of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi and COVID-19 cases are on the rise there.
Most of the major cities in the country are badly affected by the pandemic.
The national capital Delhi is right under theirnose.They have all the power and authority to do whateverthey want.
Still the pandemic is uncontrollable there,' Surendran said.
He also said if there were some shortcomings on Kerala's part in handling theCOVID-19 fight, anyone, including the union minister, can point it out.
Most districts in Kerala share borders with other states, Surendran said and referred to Idukki.
'Idukki hasgot numerous forest paths to the state from Tamil Nadu.
Some of the people who are affected in Kerala came from other states.
There are many cases in Ahemedabad.
Is it because that city is not under lockdown?,' Surendran asked.
The Union minister should have understood the reality befor making such comments, he said. PTI RRT APR RAVINDRANATH APR RAVINDRANATH