Kerala CM hits out at PM for refusing to meet delegation on crisis in cooperative banks

The PMO did not give an appointment and directed the state delegation instead to meet finance minister Arun Jaitley


Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan. The state assembly on Tuesday had adopted a resolution to relax the curbs on cooperative banks and credit societies following demonetisation. Photo: Mint
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan. The state assembly on Tuesday had adopted a resolution to relax the curbs on cooperative banks and credit societies following demonetisation. Photo: Mint

Bengaluru: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed strong displeasure with the central government Wednesday, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi refused to meet an all-party delegation from the state.

The state assembly on Tuesday had adopted a resolution to relax the curbs on cooperative banks and credit societies following demonetisation. It was agreed that an all-party delegation should go to Delhi on Thursday and meet the PM and discuss the crisis in the cooperative sector after the rolling out of demonetisation.

However, the prime minister’s office did not give an appointment and directed the state delegation instead to meet Union finance minister Arun Jaitley.

“We are not going to Delhi just to meet the finance minister; we have met him before,” said Vijayan in a press meet Wednesday evening. “This is utterly disrespectful behaviour from the PM, and the state is not expecting democratic courteousness from the central government which is following the Nazi-Fascist ideologies and considers Hitler and Mussolini as their role models,” he added.

Vijayan’s enraged tone at the press meet (a video of which has been uploaded on his official Facebook page) is much in contrast to the bonhomie that was thought to exist between the two leaders, especially following the first meeting Vijayan had with Modi after coming to power in May.

Separately, Ramesh Chennithala, opposition leader from Congress in Kerala, also criticised the PM.

The prime minister is behaving like a dictator, he said to television reporters.

The state government will let know the office of the prime minister its displeasure in writing, along with problems faced by the cooperative crisis, through its resident commissioner stationed in Delhi, Vijayan said.

“May I remind Shri @narendramodi ji of his republic day speech as CM (guj) regarding Co-operative federalism. more of a slogan than reality.” he tweeted after the press meet.

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