Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has hit out at his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath for his remarks on the law and order situation and medical facilities in the state.
Pinarayi said it "amused" him that the UP Chief Minister found time to discuss the issues in Kerala despite the problems in his own land. "It really amuses me that you (Adityanath) found time for Kerala, despite the fact that a large number of problems exist in UP as per newspaper reports," he said in a Facebook post.
The Kerala CM also expressed confidence that Adityanath's visit to Kerala would rejuvenate him for facing problems back in UP. "Dear, I am sure this break (a beautiful and happy trip) would help you to get rejuvenated for facing various issues in UP," he said.
Reacting to Adityanath's comments on infant mortality rate (IMR) in Kerala, Pinarayi said, "The Infant Mortality Rate in Kerala is 10, while the national average is 34 and in Uttar Pradesh it is 43." He also thanked the UP Chief Minister for giving an opportunity to let the country know about the correct IMR figures.
Pinarayi also asked Adityanath to refrain from speaking on the basis of "false and fake" information provided by the state BJP leaders.
The Uttar Pradesh CM, who was in Kannur on Wednesday, to take part in the BJP's 'jana raksha yatra', had alleged that medical facilities in Kerala were "inadequate". He also accused the Left party of promoting violence in the state.
"There is no scope for political violence in a democracy but unfortunately Kerala, God's Own Country, is witnessing politically sponsored violence," Adityanath had said.
The two-week long jana raksha yatra, led by BJP state president Kummanam Rajashekharan, has been organised to highlight the alleged attacks on BJP-RSS cadres by the ruling CPM.