Kerala CPI leader in row over casteist remark about fellow Communist leader
| Updated On: 2017-02-16 10:51:55.0 | Location :
While talking about a CPI-organised event in the district in which Adoor MLA Gopakumar was to participate, Manoj can be heard saying: �I can�t even drink two drops of water, after seeing Gopakumar�s face.�
A Communist Party of India (CPI) leader in Kerala has landed in soup for his casteist remark about a fellow Communist leader.
The party has ordered an internal enquiry against Pathanamthitta CPI general secretary Manoj Charalel after an audio-clip, in which he makes derogatory casteist comments against CPI MLA Chittiyam Gopakumar, surfaced on Wednesday.
In the audio-clip that has since been widely circulated on social media, Manoj is reportedly having a telephonic conversation with his former fiancée. The conversation is believed to have taken place sometime in January.
While talking about a CPI-organised event in the district in which Adoor MLA Gopakumar was to participate, Manoj can be heard saying: “I can’t even drink two drops of water, after seeing Gopakumar’s face.”
The woman is then heard cautioning Manoj against making such casteist remarks, given that he belongs to a progressive political party.
According to news reports, the CPI was quick to assure the conduct of a fair enquiry.
Party's Pathanamthitta secretary AP Jayan has sought an explanation from Manoj.
The District Executive Council is scheduled to meet on Saturday to take a decision in this regard. Gopakumar is, however, yet to raise a formal complaint with party leaders in the matter.