Politically and socially voluble actors like Rima Kallingal and Parvarthy, filmmakers Anjali Menon and Ranjith Sankar were among those who wrote strongly about how the CPI(M) had erred in leaving her out.
Parvathy wrote on Instagram, “We deserve better than this! #bringourteacherback One of the most able leaders of our times! A rarity, really! Shailaja Teacher led the state through the most difficult of medical emergencies. She won from the Mattannur constituency in her hometown of Kannur, with a margin of over 60,963 votes … And CPI(M) Kerala decides to relegate her to the role of party whip??! Is this for real? No justifications to this… This sidelining puts the party in a very questionable position. What’s more important than immediate and able governance! Bring our teacher back!”
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And while the post was liked by over 60,000 followers in less than an hour, the actor added, “Comments are going to be off on this one because I have no patience for bullshit.”