Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Denied Permission To Meet PM Modi For 4th Time: Sources

According to sources in Chief Minister's Office, they were advised by the PM's Office to meet the concerned minister instead.

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Denied Permission To Meet PM Modi For 4th Time: Sources

The latest request by the Kerala chief minister were made for June 16 and 21


Thiruvananthapuram:  Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has yet again been denied permission to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to sources. This is the fourth time the chief minister's request has been turned down by the Prime Minister's Office.

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. 

The chief minister had, right after demonetisation, tried to meet the PM on November 24, 2016, but was denied a meeting. On March 20, last year, he had tried to discuss budget related allocations.

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:
 
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.


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