ALAPPUZHA: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan has said that the Congress is trying to portray the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi as a person who had done nothing wrong to the nation.
Speaking after the inauguration of a Communist Party of India (Marxist) local committee office at Thamarakulam near here on Saturday, Mr. Achuthanandan said he had inadvertently said �Rajiv Gandhi instead of �Sanjay Gandhi [in a speech in the Assembly] and immediately corrected himself. However, the Congress-led Opposition was carrying on a vilification campaign against him, ��hiding the crimes Rajiv Gandhi had committed against the nation.
Mr. Achuthanandan said that the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Arjun Singh himself �had admitted� that it was Mr. Gandhi who helped the former Union Carbide chairman Warren Anderson, the main accused in the Bhopal Gas tragedy case, to flee the country. Who could forget �the justification Mr. Gandhi had given to the nation following the mindless massacre of thousands of Sikhs in the wake of his mother Indira Gandhis assassination� in 1984, Mr. Achuthanandan asked.