A political controversy has erupted in Kerala over an alleged action by the Madhya Pradesh government and its police in preventing Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan from attending a function organized by Malayalis in Bhopal.
This action is now being widely debated across Kerala in the context of federal principles.
Speaking to reporters, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, “I was prevented by a group and this was done by the RSS – they protested against my visit. As a result, Madhya Pradesh police offered no assistance to me – instead they asked me to leave.”
Kerala State CPI (M) Secretariat released a statement slamming this action and calling it ”uncivilised” and a “violation of federal principles” enshrined in the Constitution of India.
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Speaking to Manorama News, V. Muraleedharan, BJP said, “Kerala Chief Minister insulted the Malayalis in Madhya Pradesh. The police in Bhopal arrested the protestors. He was treated as a State guest and with honour. The police would have made all arrangements to ensure that he would be able to attend the function without any problems. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan chose not to attend the function. Malayalis in Bhopal should feel bad that he chose not to meet them.”
Advocate Prasad T.V., Bhopal Kerala Samajam President told Manorama News,”Ours was not a political programme. All Bhopal-based Malayalis irrespective of caste, religion or politics had gathered together and were waiting for Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and later we received the information that he had to return because of protests. All Malayalis in Bhopal feel upset that Kerala Chief Minister had to return.”
Advocate G. Padmakumar, BJP, told Reporter TV, “The Chief Minister went there and he returned without attending the function. Now he blames BJP for this.”
V.V.Rajesh, BJP, said, “It was Human Rights Day and only 19 protestors were there and the moment he was informed about this, Kerala Chief Minister decided to return. Madhya Pradesh CM immediately sent the DGP and said all arrangements can be made, CM Pinarayi Vijayan decided to return to Kerala.”
In the same context, this incident is now being compared to what had happened to former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. He had also been stopped from attending a functon by the LDF and this controversy has raked it up all over again.