Kerala leaders say no to sharing stage with Modi
Thiruvananthapuram: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who arrives here today, seems quite the persona non grata in Kerala with sections of both the ruling Congress-led front and the opposition Left refusing to share the stage with him.
Today, Left leader and former minister NK Premachandran, and Kerala State Women's Commission chairperson KC Rosakutty, a former Congress legislator, turned down an invitation to take part in an event at the Sivagiri Mutt, which is to be attended by Modi. The Bharatiya Janata Party leader, widely perceived to be the party's prime ministerial candidate in the next general elections, is travelling to Kerala to take part in the Sivagiri Mutt's silver jubilee celebrations.
The first one to say no to a programme at the Mutt was veteran Left leader and former chief minister VS Achuthanandan. The Mutt is the headquarters of the Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham, established by Sree Narayana Guru who propagated the concept of 'One Caste, One Religion, One God'.
Modi is scheduled to arrive here Wednesday evening and drive to the Mutt, about 45 km from here. He is slated to return around 7 p.m.