Kerala Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition (LoP) joined hands in decrying Prime Minister Narendra Modi for being ‘dictatorial’ after his office denied permission to an all-party delegation from Kerala to meet him on Thursday.  

 

In a hurriedly held press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the PMO refused permission to an all-party delegation from Kerala scheduled to visit New Delhi on Thursday to convey the state’s concern over the impact of demonetization on cooperative sector.

 

Vijayan said that the PMO’s denial amounted to rejecting federal values and smacked of dictatorial tendencies. The PMO behaved in a manner that the Centre had scant regard for the federal values. It was unusual to deny permission to an all-delegation from a state that sought permission to convey the unanimous resolution of the State Assembly to the Prime Minister, he said.

 

The Finance Minister Arun Jaitely had agreed to meet the delegation. But there’s no need to go Delhi to meet just the FM, Vijayan said. “No wonder that the centre is behaving like this. People of the mould of Mussolini and Hitler are sitting there,” the Chief Minister said. He also suggested that the BJP delegation from Kerala, which is in the Capital now, must have played a role in the denial of permission to meet the PM.

 

Just after the Chief Minister’s press briefing, LoP Ramesh Chennithala also met media persons and expressed anguish over the PMO’s denial. “Modi is behaving like a dictator,” he said. “The PMO is insulting Kerala,” he added.

 

 A special session of the Kerala Assembly on Tuesday had passed a resolution demanding the lifting of curbs put on cooperative sector in Kerala in receiving banned currencies after the demonetization. The session also decided to send an all-party delegation to meet the PM and FM to formally raise the demand.