Amid Gulf crisis, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan seeks Centre’s intervention in ensuring safety of Indians

Among 6.5 lakh Indians in Qatar, nearly three lakh people hail from Southern state of Kerala.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 6, 2017 1:07 am
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In the wake of deepening Gulf crisis that could have potential repercussions on Indian expatriates, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday wrote to Prime Minister’s office and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, highlighting the state’s concern regarding the safety and future of their employment and engagement in Qatar. “I am writing this letter in the context of the developing geo-political situation in the Middle East today. As you are aware millions of Indians are working in Countries in the Middle East and therefore the geo-political developments in the region has raised deep concerns among the people in the state since each family has at least one family member or a relative in the region,” Vijayan said in a Facebook post.

In the biggest diplomatic crisis to hit the Gulf in recent years, Arab nations including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain severed their ties with Qatar, accusing the latter of destabilising the region. The move comes amid Qatar’s alleged backing for Islamist movements and its perceived tolerance of Saudi Arabia’s rival, Iran. These countries have also announced plans to stop all land, air and sea traffic with Qatar, which said measures were unjustified.

Nearly three lakh, out of 6.5 lakh Indians in Qatar, hail from Kerala. The Kerala CM also offered his state’s full backing for whatever decision the Centre would take in this matter. “I would like to place on record the full support of our State to the considered stance that Union Government would take on the issue, given the complexities involved,” he said.

“We do appreciate that it is a complex situation and we are in no doubt that Union Government will come out with the most appropriate diplomatic and geo-political stance in this regard taking into consideration all aspects and put in place a robust mechanism for addressing all the concerns,” Vijayan added.

The communist leader also requested that the Indian Embassy in Doha be “suitably empowered to respond presciently to the concerns of the Indian population in Qatar.”

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  1. D
    Jun 6, 2017 at 3:01 am
    We expect safety of cow.
    1. A
      Jun 6, 2017 at 1:20 am
      Pinarayi is interested in media coverage and not concerned with the safety of anybody.If he is genuinely concerned let him first ensure the safety of people in the state who are butchered like animals on the road side by his own partymen.Woman, girls ,opposition party workers,college prin l ,teachers and even former DGP was not spared and he is talking of safety to score point in the media. Keralites or indian has gone to Qatar or middle east on their own volition and not sponsored by govt. Since the expatriates send huge amount from middle east his consern is on the remittance and nothing else.
      1. T
        Jun 6, 2017 at 4:48 am
        A meeting has been held at Kannur district head quarters parti ting all leaders from all political parties to stop the political kil under CM and it had been successful to an extend ..problem here is it is out of hand of leaders coz ..most of the kil what is happening here is retaliation of old one .. Even if the leaders command them to refrain from violence ,,the anger and revenge among the workers against other party remains same since they had lost their intimate colleague in previous clashes .so they retaliate some how . Now things are under control..... And we cannot accuse any single party for this .. Men from both side are equally killed
      2. A
        ak dev
        Jun 6, 2017 at 1:08 am
        Is Kerala in India?
        1. A
          ak dev
          Jun 6, 2017 at 1:11 am
          I have heard that Kerala is an ISIS ruled country.
          1. T
            Jun 6, 2017 at 4:49 am
            😛😛😛😛 u want all the readers to laugh at ur joke ? Buhahaha
          2. I
            Jun 6, 2017 at 2:44 am
            Kerala is India, land belongs to Hindus, but jihadis have flourished there with the blessing of congress and cpim
            1. B
              Jun 6, 2017 at 6:58 am
              Did u consult to mental hospital or not yet??? Your mental health is getting severe now...go go go mental hospital
          3. K
            Jun 6, 2017 at 12:42 am
            Those who don't gormto Gulf from Kerala, what do they become? RSS kers!!! Because Brahmin RSS despise Gilf Muslims!
            1. H
              Jun 6, 2017 at 12:40 am
              That is why Mr. pinaray, you should not have killed RSS thugs. You should have saved them to be sent to Qatar to fight the terrorist. They would have. Even more than wil . It's not too late now - please arrange a shiimloadmof RSS workers and they will do a great job! Brahmin ISIS LEADER Bugwan Bugawat will help!
              1. H
                Jun 8, 2017 at 7:41 pm
                There is no need for Indian government to do anything. Let beef eating Kealite fight ISIS. This will show weather they are brave or butchers. The last time British Gorkha troops saved them from Moplas. Now let us observe if these guys have improved. We should fold our hands and watch.
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                1. J
                  Jun 5, 2017 at 11:00 pm
                  What are they doing their, getting training of IS? I wish Trump launches another MOAB there.
                  1. N
                    Jun 5, 2017 at 10:46 pm
                    First ensure the safety of BJP and RSS members in Kerala and then you can talk about the safety of your folks in the Gulf.
                    1. T
                      Jun 5, 2017 at 11:08 pm
                      Malayalees were the first one who stepped in to GCC ..and they know how to manage themselves .. Hahahaha the filthy mentality of dividing agents of RSS are exposed now ... From the comments here what I could conclude is for them ...those who doesn't support RSS are anti nationals and ... Desh drohis ...... People with common sense would never digest it ..they are being a piece to get mocked ... Pinarayi stood against cattle law just for his people. ..Even BJP leader offered good beef to those who vote him ....such are the importance of that dish here .just like North East ... What's wrong in it
                      1. M
                        Jun 6, 2017 at 1:02 am
                        How come there are no Jobs in kerala?
                        1. T
                          Jun 6, 2017 at 4:51 am
                          Mahesh who told u there are no jobs .. Imagine if 30/lakhs of other states people.working there could u say that 😛😛 people are going abroad for more better life since India can't provide it as per their qualification
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