Kodiyeri, Chennithala spar over mobile phone ‘gift’

Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala and CPI(M) State secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan on Saturday feuded over whether it was proper to participate in a raffle organised by a foreign consulate and accept a prize.

Mr Balakrishnan said that Mr. Chennithala had admitted that he had participated in a lucky draw held at the UAE consulate here. If so, Mr. Chennithala had violated Section 38 (c) of the protocol that governs such interactions.

The rule forbids citizens from participating in lotteries and draws organised by foreign entities. The law viewed the violation of the section as an offence under the Indian Penal Code and not a legitimate diplomatic activity, Mr. Balakrishnan said.

He added that Mr. Chennithala had lost the moral right to criticise Minister for Minority Welfare and Waqaf, K. T. Jaleel, for accepting Koran and food kits as Ramzan charity from the UAE government. Dr Jaleel had conducted a

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