PM Modi, who will undertake his first visit to Kerala, is scheduled to unveil the statue of former Chief Minister R Sankar in Kollam tomorrow at the event organised by Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP), a social outfit of the backward Hindu Ezhava community.

Rahul Gandhi, who led a dharna of Congress MPs on various issues outside Parliament, targeted PM Modi over the exclusion of Chandy while the Chief Minister in a Facebook post said the decision to keep him out was a 'painful experience' and an 'insult' to people of the state.

Congress and BJP members clashed in the Lok Sabha over the issue with the former alleging that the Prime Minister's constitutional position was being used for 'political vendetta', a charge rejected as 'baseless' by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who said the Centre had nothing to do with it.

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Seeking to douse the controversy, Vellapally Natesan, who is heading the SNDP, said it was he who was responsible for deletion of Chandy's name from the function and not the BJP leadership, as was being alleged. The BJP and the SNDP recently forged an alliance in Kerala where Assembly polls are due next year.

Rahul Gandhi alleged that the Prime Minister has 'stopped our Chief Minister' from going to a function. "Chief Minister of Kerala represents the people of Kerala. Chief Minister of Kerala is the voice of the people of Kerala and the Prime Minister had insulted that voice. This is simply not acceptable to us," he told reporters in Delhi.

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Row over withdrawal of invite to Kerala CM escalates

 

New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram: The row over Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy being left out of a function to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi escalated today with Rahul Gandhi accusing him of 'insulting' people of the state while it triggered protests in Parliament.

 

PM Modi, who will undertake his first visit to Kerala, is scheduled to unveil the statue of former Chief Minister R Sankar in Kollam tomorrow at the event organised by Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP), a social outfit of the backward Hindu Ezhava community.

 

Rahul Gandhi, who led a dharna of Congress MPs on various issues outside Parliament, targeted PM Modi over the exclusion of Chandy while the Chief Minister in a Facebook post said the decision to keep him out was a 'painful experience' and an 'insult' to people of the state.

 

Congress and BJP members clashed in the Lok Sabha over the issue with the former alleging that the Prime Minister's constitutional position was being used for 'political vendetta', a charge rejected as 'baseless' by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who said the Centre had nothing to do with it.

 

Seeking to douse the controversy, Vellapally Natesan, who is heading the SNDP, said it was he who was responsible for deletion of Chandy's name from the function and not the BJP leadership, as was being alleged. The BJP and the SNDP recently forged an alliance in Kerala where Assembly polls are due next year.

 

Rahul Gandhi alleged that the Prime Minister has 'stopped our Chief Minister' from going to a function. "Chief Minister of Kerala represents the people of Kerala. Chief Minister of Kerala is the voice of the people of Kerala and the Prime Minister had insulted that voice. This is simply not acceptable to us," he told reporters in Delhi.