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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  1. V
    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.
    1. Paddy Chan
      Jun 18, 2017 at 1:56 am
      Glad to see the communists cry, bloody goons.
      1. M
        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!
        1. C
          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.
          1. Anon
            Jun 18, 2017 at 12:19 am
            Plz sacrifice the bjp leader like other rss goons
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