Karnataka, Kerala Cong CMs to skip Modi’s swearing-in, Jaya keeps up suspense

In Bangalore, officials said Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will skip the oath-taking ceremony in Delhi tomorrow.

By: Press Trust of India | Bangalore/thiruvananthapuram/chennai | Updated: May 25, 2014 7:04 pm
In Thiruvananthapuram, officials said Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is not attending the swearing-in ceremony, citing pre-scheduled engagements in the state. Source: Reuters In Thiruvananthapuram, officials said Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is not attending the swearing-in ceremony, citing pre-scheduled engagements in the state. Source: Reuters

Congress chief ministers of Karnataka and Kerala are not attending tomorrow’s swearing-in of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister while there was suspense on whether Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa will participate amid reports that she has decided to boycott it.

In Bangalore, officials said Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will skip the oath-taking ceremony in Delhi tomorrow.

According to schedule released by the Chief Minister’s office for tomorrow, Siddaramaih will be attending several programmes in the city.

Wishing Modi the all the best, Siddaramaih had last week hoped of cooperation from the center adding that irrespective of party affiliations the union government should work in accordance with the Constitution and respect the federal set up.

In Thiruvananthapuram, officials said Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is not attending the swearing-in ceremony, citing pre-scheduled engagements in the state.

According to officials in the Chief Minister’s Office, Chandy had received the invitation for the ceremony but informed Modi about his inability to be present on the occasion due to “pressing” engagements in the state.

Chandy, a senior Congress leader, will be meeting Modi during his next visit to Delhi, they said. Senior BJP leader O Rajagopal termed Chandy’s decision to skip the ceremony as “unfortunate”.

Jayalalithaa, who has opposed participation of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, today kept up the suspense overher participation in the ceremony. There were reports that she is likely to boycott it.

However, till late in the evening there was no official statement from the government or the ruling AIADMK on either her participation or whether she would depute any emissary.

Last week, Jayalalithaa dubbed as “unfortunate” Modi’s invitation to Rajapaksa for his swearing-in, saying the “ill-advised” move could have been avoided as it amounted to “rubbing salt into the wounds of the already deeply injured Tamil psyche.”

She had recalled the various resolutions passed in the state Assembly demanding an economic embargo on Sri Lanka among others over the alleged war crimes by the island nation’s Army under the Rajapaksa Government against Tamils there during the final stages of “civil war”. Jayalalithaa and Modi had attended the swearing-in of each other as Chief Minister in the past.

Though the two leaders attacked each other during the final stages of the Lok Sabha poll campaign, they exchanged pleasantries over their respective emphatic wins last week, in a sign of warming up.

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    A V
    May 26, 2014 at 1:30 am
    In Tamil there is a saying that a lady from the Bride's party having grouse against the marriage hid the Comb thinking the Bride can not complete the hairdo and hence the marriage will get cancelled. This saying in vogue is to stress on development of atude to Accept things and work on improving the situation. If the Congress CMs and for that matter any dignitary invited for the swearing in ceremony declines the request , it only means their minds are clouded with things beyond their control , yet , they want to project they are in control of everything. Local CMs not partiting will show them in a bad light to the world as leaders who can not reconcile with the ground reality.
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      Hari Shankar
      May 26, 2014 at 12:03 am
      SAARC leaders did not exploit any scheduled functions they may have had to attend as a pretext to not come to attend Modi's inauguration. Here in India, we have these CMs from non-BJP states who have giant-size egos and are extremely jealous of Modi becoming PM of the country.
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        Jayanarayan Kongasseri
        May 25, 2014 at 2:19 pm
        Congressmen can never hide their hate. Their loyalty to the Nehru Family is even above their love to the country. Mr.Modi is the couintry's Prime Minister elect with overwhelming votes of Indian Citizens. Showing dis-respect to the Position of Prime Minioster needs to be condemned. The action of the congressmen is an insult to the wisdom of the citizens.
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          Indian
          May 26, 2014 at 7:43 am
          Cong CMs have to take permission from high command( HC) to even go to rest rooms, do any one think after such successful 2014 elections, these crony CMs have guts to ask their HC to attend the swearing in. Also, if they go to Delhi, infighting may kick them out. They got to stick literally to chair. Cong and its CMs sucks. Siddu go gazing
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            Lele
            May 26, 2014 at 9:45 am
            How many bjp cm's attended manmoham singh's inaugration in 2009?? answer that first bfore pointing fingers at the 70% electorate that did not vote for modi.
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              MVK
              May 25, 2014 at 2:11 pm
              Very unwise to skip swearing-in celebrations. When we do not respect our own people, how can you expect outsiders to respect us?
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                StGallen
                May 26, 2014 at 7:01 am
                Years of Congress rule has instilled a culture of disrespect towards the PM. This one is different, Oommen. The omens are not good.
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                  Citizen
                  May 25, 2014 at 3:05 pm
                  What else we can expect from these pigmy sized vision less so called leaders that are imposed from the top not on their own. They should learn from a soldier who salutes to the higher ups not because of the individual in the uniform there but he is saluting to the nation and respecting the insignia on the unform but unfortunatley during the last decade the PMO; PM; other offices are denigrated and disrespected beyond belief by ignorant s who call themselves as leaders of the people/nation.Hope new rulers would restore the old glory that is due to these offices. Jaihind
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