PMO gaffe: Kerala BJP chief Kummanam Rajasekharan mentioned as ‘MLA’ in list of dignitaries

The 64-year-old BJP leader had lost the 2016 assembly elections to Congress MLA K Muraleedharan from Vattiyoorkavu constituency by 7,622 votes.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 18, 2017 11:28 pm
Kummanam Rajasekharan, Kummanam Rajasekharan-MLA, Rajasekharan-bjp, The 64-year-old BJP leader had lost the 2016 assembly elections to Congress MLA K Muraleedharan from Vattiyoorkavu constituency by 7,622 votes.

In an apparent goof-up, the Prime Minister’s Office mentioned BJP Kerala unit president Kummanam Rajasekharan as an ‘MLA’ in the list of dignitaries who were selected to share the dais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the inauguration of the Reading Day celebrations at St Teresa’s College in Ernakulam on Saturday. The list was approved by an under secretary of the PMO.

The 64-year-old BJP leader had lost the 2016 assembly elections to Congress MLA K Muraleedharan from Vattiyoorkavu constituency by 7,622 votes.

Rajasekharan also came under heavy criticism following his ride with PM Modi in the Kochi Metro, which was inaugurated yesterday. In a Facebook post, Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran had launched a scathing attack on the Kerala BJP chief, alleging that his ride with the prime minister was a “security breach”.

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Reflecting on the issue, Rajasekharan had said he was allowed to travel with the Prime Minister by the Special Protection Group 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 had said.

Organised by the PN Panicker Foundation, the event was attended by Rajya Sabha chairman PJ Kurien and MP KV Thomas among other prominent personalities.

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    tarsame singh
    Jun 19, 2017 at 6:21 am
    How poor IQ the reporter has .The fool should know that even an ordinary BJP/RSS worker is more powerful than an MP
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      Devisahai Meena
      Jun 19, 2017 at 7:04 am
      So becoming an RSS/BJP-man is a privilege ? Funny. Having a word as " singh" in anybody's name does not mean that he is strong/powerful or cruel indeed ( like lion ).
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        Tanbeer alam
        Jun 19, 2017 at 7:26 am
        Well said
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        KP Pillai
        Jun 19, 2017 at 5:47 am
        " Organised by PN Panicker foundation...... " ??? What ? The Kochi Metro ?
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          krishna
          Jun 19, 2017 at 5:32 am
          shut up. is this a news? s.
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            Devisahai Meena
            Jun 19, 2017 at 7:05 am
            Its courageous to report . Why way it harmed you Mr. Krishna ?
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            Vaman Kamath
            Jun 19, 2017 at 5:30 am
            Silly and irrelevant issues get wide comments! One comment says that Mr. Sreedharan had been ignored, while he was as well sitting across the PM! Other comments are irrelevant, prejudiced and below standard.
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              Abdul
              Jun 19, 2017 at 12:45 am
              It is not Gaffe, but the fox (shah) idea!!!! Poor junior officer in PMO is blamed for the mistake to cover up the lie as always practiced by sanghis. BJP/RSS is desperate to show their faces in the Kerala media. So they put their state president in such an embarrassing situation like a party crasher. The uninvited Gost was given a free ride and treated very well by the communists as a good host. That's the difference between the sanghis and communists / other political parties. Hope Rajashekaran had a good time, but he did not even show minimum courtesy to thank the Communist CM for their civilised behaviour to host him even though he was not an invitee.
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                Thrinethran T
                Jun 19, 2017 at 2:15 am
                You contradict yourself. If it is the prerogative of the pmo to decide who accompanies the P M, then what could the Communists have done to prevent it? And you were comfortable all those years when the then P M openly pla second fiddle to the UPA chairperson?
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                  Jai hind
                  Jun 19, 2017 at 4:54 am
                  Most funny thing was ..out of the love for their own people PMO avoided Mr Sreedharan who was the real brain behind this metro .Remember he was not only the one behind kochin metro but almost all metros in India .. Such a great person was conveniently ignored .and it was CM pinarayi who wrote again to PMO to modify the list again to include him again .. And without any surprise he was the one applauded by the crowd with a wonder ful louder cheers ...
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                Binay
                Jun 19, 2017 at 12:25 am
                Who says it was a gaffe. For PMO, all BJP and RSS members are the default rulers of India. Didn't Amit Shah said that the Congress was created only for the freedom fight. Independence won and the utility of the Congress party is over. Now the real ruler party i.e. BJP has rightly captured the throne. So it is not a gaffe.
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                  Avi
                  Jun 19, 2017 at 12:16 am
                  Yay!!! IE has found one PMO gaffe!!! Bosses at IE must be so pleased. The bosses are worried in light of no scam - anything, how trivial might be, has to picked up and has to be made a national headline. Pathetic bunch of journos. Now IE morons get back to work to find an equally inconsequential trivia.....
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                    Abdul
                    Jun 19, 2017 at 12:47 am
                    Bosses of IE is trying hard to find a good decision from PMO to give moodi full credit. You bhakth cannot see it.
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                      John Joseph
                      Jun 19, 2017 at 3:51 am
                      We Bhakti cannot see it on how every Muslim is a terrorist. Fail to understand the logic on why all terrorists are Muslims. Trying very hard to believe that Islam has nothing to do with terrorirm but hard to believe as all facts prove you Muslims are all terrorists.
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                        Jai hind
                        Jun 19, 2017 at 5:02 am
                        John Joseph a name changed bakth ... First if all u prove u are a coward .. Secondly like a child u bring ur communal s h I t. .... Even in between every kumbmela for no reason ... Terrorism is done by 0...0001 radicals and entire Community is blamed for it ... But same radicals of Hindus called as RSS do the same terror by its vigilantes but only RSS is blamed not entire community .. LoL .... Can't expct else from cooked up brains ... Any ways one more thing..we need IE in this country other wise with the help of other media's entire India and wo r l D would have MIS understood that India is under the r u l e. Of mahabali the most Pro people king in the history of india
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