Kerala Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran on Friday alleged that the Centre has denied him permission to attend a tourism meet in China. He cited that he was not given any valid reason for the denial.
The event which was about to happen from September 11-16 in United Nations World Tourism Organisation in Chengdu would see delegates coming from all over the world.
“We should know the reason behind denying permission for the China trip. The state government will take up the matter with the PMO. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will bring the issue to the notice of the Prime Minister,” he said. The denial has prompted Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan to take up the issue with the PM directly who earlier cited this as “Unfortunate and disappointing”.
In a letter to Prime Minister Modi, Vijayan said, “It is unfortunate that a state delegation headed by the minister for tourism has been denied the opportunity to participate in an international forum” and has asked the PM to reconsider the decision taken by the Union ministry of external affairs. A copy has been sent to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
The minister was an invitee to the 22nd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation which was given out by the Secretary General, UNWTO.
Citing the possibility of attending the party is nil, Surendran alleged that the “only reason could be the narrow politics played by the Bharatiya Janata Party that resulted in the denial of permission for the trip”.