Finally, Pinarayi Vijayan To Meet PM Modi, After Being Denied Four Times in A Row
About a month after being denied permission by the PMO to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will lead an all-party delegation on Thursday and discuss various issues concerning the state.
The delegation would appraise Modi about the need to enhance the allocation of Kerala’s foodgrains quota and apprehensions over the much-awaited Kanjikode Coach Factory in Palakkad district, besides a host of other development issues pertaining to the southern state.
State Public Works Minister G Sudhakaran and Food and Civil Supplies Minister P Thilothaman would be among the delegation along with the Chief Minister and representatives of other major political parties.
The leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala, state Congress chief MM Hassan will also participate in it.
Kicking up a political row, an all-party delegation led by CPI(M)-led LDF government headed by Pinarayi Vijayan, had been denied permission to meet Modi in June.
The Kerala CM in a press conference in New Delhi had accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of consistently ignoring Kerala and its demands. He also alleged that Centre was not paying heed to the country’s federal structure.
The Congress-led UDF opposition had also extended support to the CM and alleged that the Centre was playing politics without granting appointment to the state delegation.
An earlier appointment sought on March 20 to discuss budget allocation to the state and in 2017 November to discuss the central government’s demonetization move with PM Modi was also turned down by the PMO.