Senior Congress leader AK Antony criticised the Pinarayi government and said that the hallmarks of his government are pride, egotism, stubbornness, extravaganza and corruption. He even urged the people to think about the last five years of the Pinarayi government ahead of the Assembly elections. He said, "Kerala people should think about the last five years. We saw his arrogance, corruption and nepotism."
While reacting on the Sabarimala issue, he said that Chief Minister's insistence had complicated the matter and believers will not forgive the government. He further added, "In the Sabarimala issue, Pinarayi Vijayan has now changed his stance. We had requested an all-party meeting with believers but Kerala CM was adamant that women activists should enter Sabarimala. It was with the police escort that they tried to take women activists to the temple to break the rituals."
While addressing the gathering at Thiruvananthapuram, Antony said that the youth would respond to the government which had turned PSC into the party's commission and the fishermen would not forgive the government for entering into an agreement with a foreign company for deep-sea fishing. "The Left government should be given a political exile and not continued rule," he said.
He even stressed that despite have educated youths, Kerala has the highest unemployment rate when compared to all other states in India.