Never denied permission for any Kerala minister’s foreign visit: V. Muraleedharan
Thiruvananthapuram: Union Minister of State for External Affairs & Parliamentary Affairs V. Muraleedharan said that he had not received any applications from Kerala government regarding ministers visiting Gulf countries as part of Rebuilding Kerala.
Speaking during Super Prime Time in Mathrubhumi News channel, the Muraleedharan said that has not denied permission for any Kerala minister to visit a foreign country.
The TV show host then explained that the Kerala government, its ministers and their secretaries had planned to visit gulf countries to garner funds as part of Rebuild Kerala project to tackle the devastation caused by the devastating floods of 2018. But as the Union government denied permission for the trip, it was cut short as the Chief Minister’s visit to gulf countries.
Responding to this, Muraleedharan said that such an announcement might have been made but asked had the Kerala government submitted all necessary applications with the External Affairs Ministry? “As far as I know, no such applications have been submitted,” the Union Minister added.
Muraleedharan went on to say that the Kerala government should clarify which of its ministers had submitted applications to visit Gulf countries and who among them were denied permission by the union government.
However, N. Ajithkumar, a member of the Loka Kerala Sabha, who was also taking part in the TV show revealed the disparity behind the Union Minister’s statements.
Ajithkumar said, “Kerala witnessed the devastating floods in August 2018. The Chief Minister and other ministers planned to visit Gulf countries in October- November the same year to garner funds for rebuilding Kerala. The Union Government denied permission for the visit. However, V. Muraleedharan was an MP and not a Union Minister then.”
The worst flood Kerala had witnessed in a century had started on August 16, 2018. At that time V. Muraleedharan was a Rajya Sabha MP representing Maharashtra. He was appointed as Union Minister of State for External Affairs & Parliamentary Affairs only on May 31, 2019.
During the TV show, V. Muraleedharan never said that he was unaware of any applications being sent to the External Affairs Ministry before he assumed office. Instead, Muraleedhran stated that he had not denied permission to any Kerala minister from visiting a foreign country.