Vijayan's anti-BJP stance a farce: Antony



Congress leader A.K. Antony on Thursday slammed the anti-BJP stance of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan as "nothing but a farce".

"The stand and position taken by Vijayan and a section of the CPI-M against the BJP in Kerala is nothing but a farce and more of drama. They are working to make the BJP the principal opposition in the state," Antony said.

The Congress has been critical of Vijayan and his alleged soft stand towards the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Congress attacks on the Chief Minister intensified after he held a reception for K.J. Alphons in Delhi soon after he was sworn in as the Union Minister of Tourism, IT and Electronics.

Alphons was drafted into politics by Vijayan in 2006 when he was a senior bureaucrat in the state.

Alphons quit the IAS and was given a seat to contest Assembly elections as a Left-supported independent candidate. He won the seat comfortably.

Later, when Alphons was renominated to contest, he quit and shifted his base to New Delhi. He was made a National Executive member of the BJP.