Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 15 (UNI) Dr Shashi Tharoor, MP representing the Lok Sabha seat here, on Tuesday alleged that he and other leaders were not allowed to enter the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Talking to newspersons here, Mr Tharoor accused the PMO of striking their names from the list of people along with the PM, to visit the temple.
He said Congress leader VS Shivakumar, MLA and Corporation Mayor VK Prasanth were also not allowed to enter the temple with the PM, who arrived here for inaugurating various facilities, completed under the Swadesh Darshan project.
”We were elected by the people through ballot, but we were denied the entry. Those who were nominated to the Rajya Sabha by a political party, have been given permission. It is anti-democratic and we strongly express our protest in this regard,” he added.
Later, the MP tweeted ”It seems that under the BJP even God must serve a political purpose and members of other parties must not be allowed to worship in the Prime Ministerial presence!”
Earlier, Mr Shivakumar also said that his name was omitted from the list, which finds space for several local BJP leaders.
The names of two local MLAs and the Kollam Mayor have been excluded from the dais of the much-awaited bypass inauguration. Though Kollam MLA and actor Mukesh Kumar and Chavara MLA N Vijayan Pillai had received an invitation, Eravipuram MLA M Noushad and Kollam Mayor P Rajendra Babu were excluded from the list of invitees.
Eravipuram MLA M Noushad alleged that their expulsion from the list was a breach of protocol.
”We were working hard for the completion of the project for the last several years. If they are in power, they can do anything. Then, what is the relevance of a protocol?,” he asked.