Jaya keeps all guessing; Naveen, Chandy, Siddaramaiah opt out

According to a schedule released by the CMO for Monday, however, Siddaramaiah has several programmes in Bangalore.

By: Express News Service | Chennai/ Bhubaneswar/ Thiruvananthapuram/ Bangalore | Updated: May 26, 2014 5:40 am
Jayalalitha has kept silent since then, though indications are that neither the chief minister nor her MPs will go to Delhi. Jayalalitha has kept silent since then, though indications are that neither the chief minister nor her MPs will go to Delhi.

Three more chief ministers Sunday opted out of Narendra Modi’s swearing-in while Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa kept the suspense going with hours to go for the ceremony.

Citing other programmes, the offices of Kerala Chief Minister Ommen Chandy and Orissa’s Naveen Patnaik said they would not attend while Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s office gave no reason in a statement declaring he would not travel to Delhi. According to a schedule released by the CMO for Monday, however, Siddaramaiah has several programmes in Bangalore.

Jayalalithaa, who commands a 37-member group in the new Lok Sabha, had criticised the decision to invite Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the function, warning it could have impact the relationship between the Centre and the state. She has kept silent since then, though indications are that neither the chief minister nor her MPs will go to Delhi.

The two had shared a good personal equation in the past, and had attended the ceremonies to swear each other in. The relationship turned frosty after they turned competitors ahead of this Lok Sabha election in which both won spectacularly, but one walked away with all the prizes.

NDA ally the MDMK has announced a decision to hold a protest in Delhi to coincide with the swearing-in, while another ally, the PMK, which has an MP in Anbumani Ramadoss, too has opposed the Lankan president’s presence. Neither party has, however clarified whether it will attend or skip the event. The DMDK, the NDA’s biggest ally from Tamil Nadu, has extended tacit support by marking a protest but toeing the BJP line.

In Kerala, the CM’s office said Chandy has got an invitation but will not go to the event due to other programmes in Kerala. Chandy has, however, sought an appointment on June 2, for a courtesy call. Party sources said the decision to skip the swearing-in was mainly on political grounds.

BJP state president V Muraleedharan said the Kerala CM should have attended the event as a representative of the state. “Chandy is not merely a Congress leader. He should be aware of his role as a representative of the state. This could have been an opportunity for the Kerala government to show that the state does not treat the Modi government as untouchable.”

Naveen Patnaik, meanwhile, will send Finance Minister Pradip Amat. BJD spokesperson Baijayant “Jay” Panda too will attend the event. BJD sources said Naveen has also allowed party MPs to attend if invited.

One reason being cited is that Naveen will be tied up with the election of the assembly speaker. However, party sources said Naveen is cut up with Modi’s jibes during the polls — that Biju Patnaik’s soul would have been very hurt seeing a ruined Orissa.

State BJP president K V Singh Deo said, “When the Pakistani PM can come for the swearing-in, I don’t know what stopped our chief minister. Anyway, it’s his decision.”

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    m. abraham
    May 26, 2014 at 10:54 am
    Why so many persons are required to attend the swearing on ceremony? This will lead to unnecessary public expenses.
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    Raveendra Reddy
    May 26, 2014 at 6:40 am
    This politics of vendetta will not serve any purpose for the state, country or themselves. Such selfish interests. This is the real communal atude
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    Sreeraj Mohandas
    May 26, 2014 at 2:01 am
    Kerala CM must have attended the function. Or is he so busy in developing our state today. God knows!
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    R P
    May 26, 2014 at 8:02 am
    Sir, the dignitaries who are invited by the representative of majority of crores of Indian citizen should attend the ceremony and should show the unity of our country to the SAARC, so that the SAARC leaders understand that India is really a largest democracy in the world.
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    Rakkan
    May 26, 2014 at 10:48 am
    Kerala CM not attending - I think to score some politics out of it in the state. Keep away the differences and get best of out of it.
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    ramdas
    May 26, 2014 at 3:13 am
    Whatever these people said during elections have to eat back their words. Jealous is the apt word for siddaramaiah
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    Ravi Ranjan
    May 26, 2014 at 4:15 am
    Rejecting invitation to a new PM's swearing in these leaders are carrying out their poltical differences a little too far.They should have accepted with grace the fact that odi is now India's PM and he is enled to some basic courtesy from state leaders .
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    Rajesh Verma
    May 26, 2014 at 2:36 am
    It is to help the Tamil cause that Sri Lankan President should be engaged than to be ignored. Rajpakse's invitation therefore should be appreciated by all including Tamils as a bold move. History proves that no solutions have ever been found by ignoring a person who has been part of the problem. Tamil leaders should therefore stop playing with Tamil sensitivities n look for a long term solution to the problem which lies in positive engagement.
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