Natesan, who heads Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP), an outfit of the backward Ezhava Community, which is organising the unveiling of the statue of former Chief Minister R Sankar at Kollam tomorrow by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today 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.
"There has been no pressure from the BJP or anyone else to prevent the Chief Minister from attending the function", Natesan said at Kollam. The Congress in Kerala has already made it clear that they would observe a prayer gathering in front the statue of Sankar here tomorrow when PM Modi unveils the statue of the SNDP leader at SN College in Kollam as a mark of protest.
Chandy will be receiving the Prime Minister at Kochi today and is likely to inform him about his exclusion from the Kollam function. Chandy in a press note had earlier stated that he was 'deeply saddened' for being kept away from the function following a request of Vellappally Natesan.

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