PM Modi refuses appointment to Kerala CM Vijayan for 4th time in a row

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PM Modi refuses appointment to Kerala CM Vijayan for 4th time in a row

On a day, when Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan stood out among Opposition party leaders in celebrating International Yoga Day, he was denied an appointment with PM Modi for the fourth time in a row.

There is something amiss between Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has turned down the fourth consecutive request for appointment to Left leader Pinarayi Vijayan since November 2016.

In the latest incident, PM Modi's office denied appointment to Vijayan on Thursday. Vijayan is in New Delhi to attend the CPIM central committee meeting. He had sought an appointment from the prime minister for an all-party delegation from Kerala to discuss alleged "disparity" in ration allocation meant for the state.

Incidentally, when chief ministers like Nitish Kumar of Bihar and Mamata Banerjee of West Bengal snubbed PM Modi by skipping participation in the International Yoga Day on Thursday. Both Nitish Kumar and Mamata Banerjee have expressed reservation over International Yoga Day viewing it as a political event of PM Modi.

The refusal to grant an appointment to Vijayan from the PMO came days after the Kerala chief minister wrote to PM Modi seeking his intervention to defuse political tension between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.

Vijayan and his counterparts Mamata Banerjee, N Chandrababu Naidu of Andhra Pradesh and HD Kumaraswamy of Karnataka had met Kejriwal's wife Sunita to extend support to the AAP leader. The four chief ministers had also held a separate meeting in New Delhi's Andhra Bhawan to discuss political scenario in the country.

Responding to CM Vijayan's request for a meeting with PM Modi, the PMO reportedly directed to meet Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, if there was a need to make representation to the central government over allocation of ration to Kerala.

This was the second request that came from Kerala CM Vijayan for a meeting with PM Modi in two weeks. Both were turned down. The issue remained the same.

Previously on 20 March 2017, the Kerala Chief Minister's Office had sought an appointment with the prime minister to discuss budget allocation to the state. Kerala had some reservations which CM Vijayan sought to discuss with PM Modi. But the request for an appointment had been turned down.

Vijayan's request for a meeting with PM Modi was met with the same response on 24 November 2016 in the aftermath of demonetisation. Vijayan sought an appointment with Modi to discuss the issues arising out of note ban. The meeting could not happen.

The two leaders had met in May and July 2016 and discussed various issues including the incidents of violence between Left and RSS workers in Kerala.