Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to pay a “courtesy” visit to him. The senior Congress leader said he does not intend to be on a collision course with the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre.
Shortly after his meeting with Modi, Chandy, who skipped Modi’s swearing-in ceremony, said the Congress party had not asked its CMs not to attend the oath-taking ceremony.
During his meeting with Modi, Chandy raised the issue of implementation of Kasturirangan and Gadgil panel recommendations for protection of Western Ghats. Kerala has been opposing the implementation of the panels’ recommendations. Chandy said Modi assured him that a final decision on it would be taken only after consulting the states concerned.
“Kerala has clear cut views on the matter. He (Modi) said the states will be heard,” Chandy said. Later, he also met environment minister Prakash Javadekar where he again raised the issue.
Chandy also urged Modi to complete all official formalities regarding the Rs 550 crore economic package sanctioned by the previous UPA government for revival of Kochi-based Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore Limited. He said a detailed meeting with the Prime Minister would happen after the Budget session of Parliament where he would take up the issues of the Kerala.