Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Mullappally Ramachandran alleged that Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan is spending crores on PR gimmicks when his people are struggling at borders to return to their own state. He accused the CM of wasting the taxpayers' money on unnecessary propaganda exercises.

Mullappally further alleged that the state has paid foreign PR agencies in dollars even when the state treasury was null.

"CM has managed to accommodate 12 of his party workers in behest of maintaining the CM's website. They are managing his social media team as well. The CM has managed to admit them through the backdoor via C-DIT," Mullappally claimed.

He further claimed that the total salary paid to these men was earlier above Rs 80 lakh and over a period of five years it has increased to over Rs 4 crore.

He also alleged that the CM has paid Rs 1.1 crore to a PR company based in Kozhikode and more than Rs 60 lakh to a Kochi based ad firm. 

Mullappally accused the CM of fostering his own image during the COVID fight. He also alleged that other chief ministers are also working hard but are not spending millions on PR agencies like the Kerala CM.