The latest request by the Kerala chief minister were made for June 16 and 21, seeking time from the PM to meet an all-party delegation from the state led by the chief minister himself.
The all-party delegation was to convey Kerala's grievances over the 'substantially' reduced ration allocations to meet the food security needs of the state.
According to sources in Chief Minister's Office, they were advised by the PM's Office to meet the concerned minister instead, which in this case happens to be Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan.
Sources say in all instances where the chief minister has been denied a meeting, it involved an all-party delegation from the state.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted:
How can a duly elected CM @vijayanpinarayi be denied time by PM. They wanted to discuss imp issue of ration concerning poor people. PM refusing to meet a CM for four times in a row! Unprecedented highhandedness. Whither federalism? https://t.co/ZvZnQ8HjfH- Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 22, 2018
Mr Vijayan had last week extended his support to the Delhi chief minister, who was on a dharna a demanding that the "strike" by IAS officers in Delhi be called offf by Lt Governor Anil Baijal. Mr Vijayan and his counterparts from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and West Bengal had even visited Mr Kejriwal's house to extend support and blamed the centre for the crisis .
"The centre is restricting the federal system which is a threat to the nation. Everyone is with him (Mr Kejriwal)," Mr Vijayan, 74, had said.