The two leaders, however, refused to comment on the two-hour long closed door meeting which comes with two more rounds to go in the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections. Rao is on a two-day visit to the state, along with his wife Shobha and their two grandchildren.
"Rao will meet Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday at 6 pm. In view of the parliament elections, both the CMs will discuss contemporary politics," an official release said.
Vijayan’s early days as CM was bumpy. The sidelining of VS Achuthanandan, 93 then, did not go down well with a section of cadre and Vijayan faced opposition within the party
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"Earlier, women were not able to enter the temple due to certain hurdles. They may have entered the shrine today because they would not have faced any issues. It is a fact that the women have entered Sabarimala. Police have given them security," Vijayan told media here.
Vijayan said the government has already conveyed its opposition against the centre's move to manage this airport, among six in the country, under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.
The Union Cabinet has recently approved a proposal to manage Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Guwahati, Mangaluru besides Thiruvananthapuram airports under PPP mode.
Two people were arrested in connection with this incident, police said.
Sixty three year-old Razak, who represented Manjeshwaram constituency in the House, died of a heart attack at a private hospital in Kasaragod on October 20.
Both projects, planned in the state capital, are envisaged as a joint venture of the state government and the space agency.
The meeting, which lasted for half-an-hour, assumes significance in the wake of protests launched by Opposition parties over restrictions and prohibitory orders in the temple complex.
The members of the BJP and its mentor the RSS had gathered in front of Cliff House-- Vijayan's official residence at Nanthancode in Thiruvananthapuram.
The agitation was a "planned and deliberate attempt" to create an atmosphere of tension in the state, Vijayan told reporters here.
The BJP, however, countered the allegation, saying the CPI(M)-led LDF government was trying to tarnish the Ayyappa Temple and was responsible for creating tension at the holy shrine.
Gopinath's appointment as Kerala CM's economic adviser had raised eyebrows as she is a noted neoliberal economist, while Vijayan is currently the only communist chief minister in the country
Vijayan briefed Singh about the prevailing situation in Kerala and the steps taken by his government to bring back normalcy in the state.
The chief minister also gave details of the amount spent from the Ockhi relief fund and said government has not diverted any amount for other purposes.
Earlier today, officials at the UAE embassy in New Delhi said the UAE had not officially announced any financial aid for Kerala flood relief.
Giving a detailed account of the havoc caused by the devastating floods and landslides since early this month, he said the preliminary assessment of losses was around Rs 20,000 crore.
The Centre should shed its false pride because the task ahead of rebuilding Kerala is monumental. Aid in the form of every paise that’s extended towards Kerala is required
Earlier in the day, Modi also spoke with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed about the situation.
The Kerala chief minister-led all party delegation had sought a meeting with the prime minister to discuss the disparities in ration allocation to the state.
Vijayan made the announcement in the assembly after the issue was raised by Congress-led UDF Opposition in the wake of exposure of the alleged role of CPI leaders and Wayanad district Deputy Collector in the land deal, by a Malayalam TV channel.