Kerala minister alleges BJP leader Kummanam Rajasekharan’s ride with PM Modi was a ‘security breach’

Rajasekharan was seen seated next to Governor P Sathasivam with Modi, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu in their maiden ride.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 17, 2017 10:44 pm
kochi metro, pm narendra modi, Kummanam Rajasekharan, pinarayi vijayan, cpm, bjp, kerala bjp, modi-kochi metro, kerala news, indian express Kochi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, CM Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu take a ride in the newly launched Kochi Metro in Kerala on Saturday. (PTI Photo)

BJP Kerala unit president Kummanam Rajasekharan’s ride with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the launch of the Kochi Metro on Saturday came under sharp criticism, with a state minister alleging it was a “security breach.” In a Facebook post, Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran launched a scathing attack on the Kerala BJP chief, saying the “security lapses” which occurred in the Prime Minister’s official programme should be probed.

Further, Surendran questioned the logic behind allowing Rajasekharan to travel with Modi despite not being a panchayat ward member. The CPM leader also pointed out that this incident happened even as local MLA PT Thomas was not allowed to share stage with PM Modi for the inaugural function.

The controversy erupted after Rajasekharan was seen seated next to Governor P Sathasivam with Modi, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu in their maiden ride.

Meanwhile, BJP state General Secretary K Surendran hit back at the state minister saying that it was the Prime Minister’s Office which had included Rajasekharan in the journey. “The PMO takes decision on matters like who will attend the Prime Minister’s function and the state minister need not worry about his protection,” he said, adding that the Special Protection Group was there to provide security for the Prime Minister and that the minister’s intervention was not required.

Reflecting on the issue, Rajasekharan said he was permitted to travel with the Prime Minister by the SPG and the state police. “If Surendran had any objections, he should have taken up the matter with the chief minister as he was witness to everything,” he said.

With inputs from PTI

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    Vivek
    Jun 18, 2017 at 4:52 am
    This Kadampally Surendran is a security threat to all Hindus. An uncouth and insolent character who takes pride in insulting them at every opportunity.
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      Paddy Chan
      Jun 18, 2017 at 1:56 am
      Glad to see the communists cry, bloody goons.
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        MyTake
        Jun 18, 2017 at 1:09 am
        Kerala minister should get a human life. He apparently preaching his master's voice he learned during 65 years of misrule where they learned to distance themselves from others! He is forgetting that PM Modi is a real Am Admi man and on top of that he decides how and what he wants to do!
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          Chand
          Jun 18, 2017 at 12:42 am
          The BJP State President appeared on the scene at the last minute perhaps to ward of evils eye! Kumanam who was known as a religious leader is a late entrant into politics and looks desperate for some publicity and recognition. His presence spoiled an otherwise g event.
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            Anon
            Jun 18, 2017 at 12:19 am
            Plz sacrifice the bjp leader like other rss goons
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              Anad
              Jun 18, 2017 at 12:11 am
              What ever be the reason, it is definitely a breach of protocol to allow Kummannam in the maiden ride on metro .More than the security issue it is the publicity greed on the part of kummanam to use this occassion for promoting his importance.We should not forget the controversy regarding the list of invitees for sharing the platform where the metro man E Sridharan was not in the list due to PMO instruction. I do not understand why Venkiah Naidu or THomas chandy or even Chennithala the opposition leader were included in the list .Even PM could have inaugurate the event thru video conference and save the nation crores of rupees and cold have used for social welfare .We should totally remove politicians from foundation or inauguration events and instead local businessmen or social leaders should be allowed to open these events.
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                Anon
                Jun 18, 2017 at 12:20 am
                Set an example. Kill bjp too, not just rss. Let kerela lead the Revolution
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                Main hoon
                Jun 17, 2017 at 11:23 pm
                If BJP is thinking that by sharing media space they are going to gain, well wait for the next election. All this selfie techniques works in North India.. Btw how's Ahmedabad metro doing? Oh i forgot Modi model doesnt work.. We only get to see the Photoshop versions!
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                  Mahesh Joshi
                  Jun 17, 2017 at 11:34 pm
                  how many elections are you going to wait? same thing was told during UP elections. BJP will be defeated etc. You know what happenned.
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                    Padmakumar
                    Jun 17, 2017 at 11:36 pm
                    Central Government approved 10000 crores in 2014, and Ahmedabad Metro is scheduled to get completed by 2019.
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