Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan continued his attack on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday and accused him of shying away from taking on the BJP and instead only targeting the Left Democratic Front (LDF).
He also slammed Gandhi for his controversial "north- south" remarks, saying the Wayanad MP should not have 'demeaned' North Indians who had elected him earlier.
Pinarayi was addressing a mammoth gathering as part of the culmination of the southern leg of LDF's "Vikasana Munnetta Jatha", a march explaining Pinarayi government's achievements.
The Marxist veteran said the people of the state knew it was the LDF which was fighting the BJP and pointed to the Congress' fiasco in Puducherry, where the party government collapsed after a series of resignations by its MLAs.
"Rahul Gandhi is an MP from Kerala. He made certain statements against the state government the other day. His statements were unbecoming of his position as a national leader," Pinarayi said.
"There are some states where Congress is fighting BJP. Why is he not visiting those states? Why is he avoiding the BJP? He is interested in attacking only the Left Front?" the chief minister asked.
Mocking at Gandhi for comparing politics in the north and south, he said: the Congress leader should not have "demeaned the north Indians who had earlier elected him. That's not a right thing to do."
During his visit to Kerala on Tuesday, Gandhi had said he was used to a "different type of politics" in north India and coming to the southern state was "very refreshing" as people are interested in "issues", drawing condemnation from BJP.
Pinarayi said Gandhi and the Congress were interested in attacking the Left Front alone.
"Are they going to save their party with that? Actually they should understand that Congress party is surviving in Kerala because the Left parties are fighting the BJP. The people know that. What happened in Puducherry? How did they lose it? What was their stand? Were they able to do anything?," he asked.
He also lashed out at the Narendra Modi government, alleging it was destroying the country's economy.
"The public sector undertakings in this country are being sold by the central government. However, in Kerala we have shown an alternative to the whole country," Pinarayi said.
Listing out 'achievements' of his government in the last five years, Pinarayi claimed the 'massive' reception for the LDF rallies was an indication of the fact that the support base of the Left parties in the state has increased.
"The LDF is ready to face the election. The LDF is with the people and the people are with the LDF. We will face this election with confidence. I just want to tell you all that there are attempts to mislead people over various matters. Humbly correct them," he said.
(With inputs from PTI)