Kerala CPI leader in row over casteist remark about fellow Communist leader

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.�

Kerala CPI leader in row over casteist remark about fellow Communist leader



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.