Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has been trolled over his medical trip to the United States later this month.

Vijayan will be travelling to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, for treatment and a possible surgical procedure. As per latest reports, the chief minister will leave for a 13-day visit to the US on 19 August.

The decision to go to Mayo Clinic has been taken as there is a consensus on the treatment procedure to be followed among doctors in India and the American clinic. However, the exact health issue of Vijayan is not known yet in the State.

Vijayan has been consulting doctors at Apollo Hospital Chennai for quite some time now and was last admitted there on 3 March.

Yesterday (31 July), Kerala businessman Kochouseph Chittilappilly had indirectly mocked Vijayan for choosing America for his health check-up.

He said, while reading the news about the chief minister’s trip to the US he remembered a run-in he had with CITU people years ago.

In his Facebook post, he wrote, “Nothing personal, but while reading this news I remembered about the days when we had labour strike at V-Guard years back... The CITU people then called me 'Petty Burshua ... American cheruppu nakki (America’s boot-licker)… At that time I was only a small-scale industrialist, having only an old Lamby scooter. How time flies and ideals and ideologies change!! (sic)”

Netizens also questioned why Vijayan was heading to the US instead of trusting doctors in Kerala. They also reminded him about the promises made by the ruling LDF government before coming to power.

Prior to the elections in 2015, through advertisements, they had promised to give the people of the State best facilities including healthcare.

Their ad had said, "LDF varum ellam sariyakum" (LDF will come, everything will be solved).

Now, netizens from Kerala trolled the chief minister while bringing up the slogan from the pre-poll ad.

Several people on Facebook wrote that if the CM himself is not confident of State’s medical facilities how the commoners can trust them.

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