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'BJP state president ride with PM Modi in Kochi metro a security breach'

India TV Politics Desk Kochi 17 Jun 2017, 23:15:32 IST
India TV Politics Desk

A controversy has erupted over BJP’s Kerala unit president K Rajasekharans’ ride with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the launch of the Kochi Metro today.

Taking strong exception to Rajasekharans’ ride with PM, Kerala minister Kadakampally Surendran alleged it was a "security breach."

In a Facebook post, Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran said the "security lapses" which occurred in the Prime Ministers official programme should be investigated.

He questioned the logic behind allowing Rajasekharan, who is not even a panchayat ward member, to travel with Modi.

Surendran said this happened when even local MLA P T Thomas was not allowed to share stage with the Prime Minister for the inaugural function.

Rajasekharan was seen seated next to Governor P Sathasivam with Modi, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu in their maiden ride.

Hitting back at Surendran, BJP state General Secretary K Surendran said it was the Prime Ministers Office which had included Rajasekharan in the journey.

"The PMO takes decision on matters like who will attend the Prime Ministers function and the state minister need not worry about his protection," he said.

The BJP leader said in a Facebook post that the Special Protection Group is there to provide security for the Prime Minister and the ministers intervention is not required.

Reacting to the issue, Rajasekharan said he was allowed to travel with the Prime Minister by the SPG 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 said.

(With PTI inputs)