4th Time In A Row, PMO Turns Down Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan's Request For A Meeting

| June 22 , 2018 , 09:55 IST

For the 4th time in a row, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office has denied an appointment to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to meet with the PM, senior sources from the Kerala CM's office said to media on Thursday.

CM Vijayan and an all-party delegation had sought a meeting with PM Modi to discuss the disparities in the ration allocation to Kerala. However, the PMO reportedly responded by saying that the CM and his delegation can meet with Food and Public Distribution Minister, Ram Vilas Paswan if needed.

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Last week also the Kerala CM had sought an appointment with PM Modi to discuss the same issue.

Previously, on March 20, 2017 the Kerala Chief Minister's Office had expressed the CM's desire to meet with the PM to appraise about the budget allocation to the state. Earlier, on November 24, 2016, a week after demonetisation came into effect, the Kerala CM had sought an appointment with PM Modi to discuss the note ban.

CM Vijayan, currently in Delhi to attend a CPI(M) central committee meeting, had also expressed support to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in his protests against an alleged 'strike' of IAS officers last week.

Over the past few years, Pinarayi Vijayan has sharply criticised the policies of the BJP and the central government. The Kerala CM marked his presence at the 'Opposition show of unity' displayed at the swearing-in HD Kumaraswamy as the Karnataka CM last month as well.