Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday lashed out at Prime Minister alleging ‘highhandedness’ after his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan was reportedly denied meeting request by Narendra Modi fourth time.
Taking to Twitter, Kejriwal wrote, “How can a duly elected CM @vijayanpinarayi be denied time by PM. They wanted to discuss imp issue of ration concerning poor people. PM refusing to meet a CM for four times in a row! Unprecedented highhandedness. Whither federalism?”
How can a duly elected CM @vijayanpinarayi be denied time by PM. They wanted to discuss imp issue of ration concerning poor people. PM refusing to meet a CM for four times in a row! Unprecedented highhandedness. Whither federalism? https://t.co/ZvZnQ8HjfH
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 22, 2018
A report by News18 had said that the Prime Minister’s Office had denied an appointment to Vijayan fourth time in a row. Quoting sources the report had said that the PMO had refused to give appointment to CM Vijayan and an all-party delegation, which was planning to meet PM Modi to discuss disparities in ration allocation meant for Kerala.
The report further added that Vijayan had sought an appointment with the Prime Minister to discuss the same issue last week, but was turned down.
Interestingly, Vijayan was one of the four non-BJP chief ministers, who had extended his support to Kejriwal during his sit-in protest at the residence of Delhi LG Anil Baijal last week. He, along with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and chief ministers from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, N Chandrababu Naidu and HD Kumaraswamy, had met in Delhi to shoot a joint letter to Prime Minister Modi for his intervention in ending the impasse concerning Delhi’s administration.
Even in March this year, Vijayan’s office had sought an appointment to appraise the PM about the budget allocation to the state, which did not go through. Modi had actively campaigned in the last assembly polls in Kerala hoping to form a BJP-led government in the key south Indian state in 2016. He was also accused of resorting to lies to defame the state by comparing its development with that of an impoverished African nation, Somalia.
Modi had faced social media roasting for astonishingly stating that for basic and essential health and development factors, Kerala was worse than Somalia.