Kerala CM Oommen Chandy Asked Not To Attend Narendra Modi’s Event

A controversy is brewing over the alleged decision of Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam, an organisation of backward Ezhava community, to exclude Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, from attending the unveiling of former CM R Sankar’s statue by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 15. Chandy in a press note stated that he was “deeply saddened” for keeping away from the function following a request of Vellappally Natesan, general secretary of SNDP, the organiser of the event. Chandy said though he should have been present at the function being attended by the PM and also because Sankar was a former CM and KPCC chief, he was forced to take the decision to stay away, following the organisers request. “Natesan had earlier invited me to preside over the function. But, he later requested me over phone not to attend the function as there is protest from some quarters against this,” he said. “So I decided to stay away from it and I am deeply saddened because of this,” Chandy said. Chandy also said he would inform the Prime Minister about the circumstances that led to his backing off and would receive Modi when he arrives at Kochi on December 14. Leaders from different political parties have reacted sharply against the SNDP’s decision to exclude Chief Minister from the function.

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