Speaking to media, Rahul Gandhi said, “PM has insulted the people of Kerala by stopping the Chief Minister from attending the function. This is not acceptable to us,” Mr Gandhi said.

PTI
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused PM Modi of insulting the people of the state over a function to which Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has not been invited.Modi will undertake his first visit to Kerala which is already in controversy after Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said he was being kept away from a function where the PM will be present by an outfit of Hindu Ezhava community.Speaking to media, Rahul Gandhi said, “PM has insulted the people of Kerala by stopping the Chief Minister from attending the function. This is not acceptable to us.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Prime Minister will inaugurate the Combined Tri services commanders conference at INS Vikramaditya, the largest aircraft carrier of the country, on Tuesday.Later, Modi will be attending two functions close to the backward Ezhava community, apparently in an effort to woo them with assembly polls expected early next year.Modi will unveil the statue of former Kerala Chief Minister late R Sankar, a well-known leader of the Ezhava community, who had headed the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP) and the Kerala PCC.However, the programme has run into controversy with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy allegedly being asked to stay away by SNDP General Secretary Vellapally Natesan. Chandy himself in a press note had brought up the issue saying he would not be attending the function as Natesan had requested him not to attend and was “deeply saddened”.Natesan has not stated the reason for asking Chandy to keep away from the function.Chandy has already informed Prime Minister’s office that he would not be attending the function.Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi described the action as pettiness of the worst kind and wanted that Prime Minister should himself refuse to go to the function.(With agency inputs)

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Oommen Chandy Invitation Row: PM has insulted Kerala, says Rahul Gandhi