Denial of diplomatic passport mysterious: Pinarayi
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday termed the denial of the diplomatic passport by the External Affairs ministry to Minister KT Jaleel as ‘mysterious’.
However, Pinarayi told mediapersons that he does not think that there is any political agenda behind the move.
"The families of expatriates have severe anxiety due to the labour crisis in Gulf countries. The government thought that the presence of a minister from the state will be an advatage as the legal procedures and other matters should be accelerated. Minister KT Jaleel decided to go to Saudi Arabia in this scenario. However, the Centre’s stand was unfortunate. I don't know why this happened. I have no complaints regarding the action taken by the Centre in helping the expatriates. However, I can't understand why the Centre prevented a minister from Kerala from going to Saudi Arabia," Pinarayi said.
The Chief Minister appreciated the alertness shown by the Dubai airport authorities and the airlines company during the Emirates plane crash.
Converying his gratitude to the airlines authorities and employees for their efforts to save the lives of the passengers, Pinarayi also expressed his sorrow over the death of the firefighter who lost his live during the rescue operations.
Centre should rectify its mistake: Chennithala
Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said that denying diplomatic passport to minister KT Jaleel is a serious lapse on the part of the Centre.
"The centre should rectify its mistake. Diplomatic passport should be immediately given to KT Jaleel," Chennithala said.