No role in taking back Chandy invitation: Rajnath

New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The central government had no hand in taking back the invite to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy from an event which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday.

Congress MPs in the Lok Sabha alleged that the chief minister’s name was deleted from the list of invitees to the function in Kollam in Kerala being organised by Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam.

The function will see Modi unveiling a statue of the late R. Sankar, who was a Congress chief minister of Kerala and a leader of SNDP.

“The allegation is completely baseless,” Rajnath Singh said, referring to charges that the central government was responsible for the development.

He said SNDP was a social organisation and it was its decision to invite or not invite somebody to the function.

“The SNDP must have invited the chief minister also for the function but later, after some controversy erupted among its members, it decided not to call him for the same,” he said.

“Our government does not want any confrontation with any state government. In fact, it is taking steps to strengthen federalism,” added the minister.

The Congress members, however, kept shouting that this was done intentionally to humiliate the chief minister and the people of Kerala and walked out of the house after the minister’s statement.

Rajiv Pratap Rudy, the minister of state for parliamentary affairs, also refuted the Congress charge that the PMO was involved in having Chandy “disinvited” from the function.

He said Chandy himself wrote to the programme organisers citing his unavailability for the function. He read out the letter.

Earlier, the Lok Sabha witnessed uproar during question hour and was adjourned till noon.

The row erupted after SNDP, an organisation of backward Ezhava community, allegedly decided to exclude Chandy from the function — after initially inviting him.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here