‘Ban on black at CM's events’ a media fabricated narrative: VN Vasavan

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VN Vasavan | Photo: Sivaprasad G

Kochi: The narrative that there is a ban on black colour in the events attended by the chief minister is a media controversy, said Cooperation Minister VN Vasavan on Tuesday. His statement comes at a time when Congress-led Opposition and critics are targeting the state government for the beefed-up security for chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

According to Vasavan, Congress’ Rahul Gandhi has fourfold security than chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. He also elaborated on the context of beefed-up security.

“I am not saying that people do not have any complaints over it. But its part of CM’s safety. It is not the CM who demands security. It is decided by the protocol officer based on the intelligence reports. Those who clamour over beefed-up security will say something else if CM faces any attack,” he said.

For the past few days, the police have been chasing away people who travel on the road that Vijayan is expected to take. This has led to incidents of skirmishes between the police and the innocent people, who are stopped on the road.

Incidentally, as per rules, people like the CM who fall in the Z-security category, the convoy consists of seven vehicles but Vijayan now has 16 vehicles. Not only this, hundreds of police officials take their position on the road, much before to ensure that vehicles are stopped and no vehicles are parked on the roads.

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