THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The chief minister‘s planned trip to the US for treatment has triggered several comments, including a piece of advice by M T Sulekha, wife of former speaker and Congress leader G Karthikeyan.
In a Facebook post, Sulekha urged chief minister to be ready for a volley of questions from the alert public on his return. The late Karthikeyan, too, had underwent treatment at Mayo Clinic, where the chief minister is headed.
Sulekha recalled a few queries raised through the RTI Act. She said Karthikeyan had to respond to questions, such as the treatment he underwent, if any doctors had referred him to Mayo, whether the same treatment was available in , the number of people accompanied him, and the countries they had visited.
Though silent about the identity of those who had raised the questions, she asked the chief minister to keep an account for “even the exact number of bottled water” used while in the hospital. She wished Vijayan a speedy recovery.
Congress MLA V T Balram reminded the chief minister about an earlier claim that best healthcare facilities were available in ‘Communist‘ Cuba.
“I have heard people boasting about the high healthcare standards in Cuba, which is near to the capitalist United States of America,‘‘ he posted on Facebook.
Industrialist Kochouseph Chittilappally recalled an incident that occurred when he was a small-scale businessman. CITU workers had then termed him a “petit-burgeois” and “American bootlicker,” during a labour strike at his establishment.
“How time flies, and ideals and ideologies change,” he wondered, adding that he held nothing personal against getting treatment abroad.
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