PM Modi on first Kerala visit


India’s PM Narendra Modi will start his two-day visit to Kerala today. This will be his first to the state after assuming office as in May last year.

Soon after his arrival at Kochi, PM Modi will leave by helicopter for Thrissur to address a meeting of BJP workers at 5 pm.

After meeting, PM Modi will return to Kochi and stay there, a government press release said.

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister will receive a tri-service guard of honour at INS Garuda and inaugurate the Combined Tri-Services Commanders Conference.

PM Modi will also visit the Sivagiri Mutt and pay homage at the samadhi of social reformer Sree Narayana Guru and offer floral tributes and plant a sapling. He will then move to Vaidika Mutt, where Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore had met Narayana Guru 90 years ago.

The Prime Minister will also be planting a tree sapling, said Swami Sachidananda, General coordinator of the Prime Minister’s visit.

A large plaque of ‘Daiva Dasakam’, inscribed in Malayalam along with its English translation, will also be unveiled by PM Modi. He will then proceed to Sarada mutt in the Sivagiri campus and address the public for a few minutes.

The PM will then return to Delhi via Thiruvananthapuram at 5:15 pm in a special Indian Air Force flight.

The state visit has already run into controversy after Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said he was being kept away from a function – by an outfit of Hindu Ezhava community – where the PM will be present.

Mr Chandy himself, in a press note, had brought up the issue saying he would not be attending the function.