Cong leaders resent Kerala minister's meeting with Modi
Thiruvananthapuram: Labour minister and RSP(B) leader Shibu Baby John has run into trouble over his recent meeting with Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, with leaders of Congress and its UDF allies taking exception to it, holding the BJP leader's development model is unacceptable to Kerala.
With the issue becoming controversial, chief minister Oommen Chandy on Saturday sought an explanation from John, though the latter held that he had only spoken on issues concerning skill development and training during his meeting with Modi.
"I have sought a clarification from John. But I would like to make it clear that the Gujarat model of development is not at all acceptable to Kerala," Chandy said. Joining issue, CPI(M) veteran and Opposition leader VS Achuthanandan said it was difficult to believe that John had met Modi without Chandy's knowledge.
Sources close to Achuthanandan also said the CPI(M) leader might stay away from a function next week at Sree Narayana Mutt at nearby Varkala, where Modi is chief guest.
Expressing serious concern over the ongoing protests in Andhra Pradesh, following the nod for the creation of a separate Telangana State, the Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja said that the Centre must address the genuine concerns of the people and assure them that their interests will be duly protected.
Date 06-12-13, Duration 2:11, Views 892