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SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan on Thursday said that the Prime Minister’s Office had no role in the decision to exclude Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy from the Kollam event where former CM R Sankar’s statue was unveiled, and that the decision was taken by the Yogam leadership.
Speaking to mediapersons in Alappuzha, Natesan, a Hindu Ezhava leader, said, “The Congress government had registered a criminal case against me during the recent samathwa munnetta yatra. The Ezhava community has bitterness over that case. We feared that if someone protested against Chandy during the function, the embarrassing situation would have spoiled the entire event. Besides, Kerala’s CM would have been insulted. I wanted to avoid this.”