Kochi, Dec 5 (): BJP has termed the visit of the nine-member subject committee of Kerala Legislative Assembly to study waste management in Surat, as an acknowledgement of Narendra Modi’s good governance of Gujarat.
Rural development, Local Administration and Housing, chaired by Minister K C Joseph (Congress), which includes Finance Minister KM Mani (Kerala Congress), Urban and Minority Affairs Minister Manjalamkuzhi Ali (Muslim League) and Panchayat and Social Welfare Minister MK Muneer (Muslim League) will be visiting Surat in December.
The committee includes KV Vijaydas, P Sreeramakrishnan and V Sivankutty CPM MLAs along with EK Vijayan (CPI). Others are K Achuthan (Congress), C Mammootty (IUML) and P T A Rahim (National Secular Conference).
The committee aims to study the waste management model undertaken by the BJP-led Narendra Modi government.
The subject committee will not only visit Surat but also Chennai, Mumbai, Pune and Chandigarh before going to New Delhi (where a BJP ministry is likely to be in power).
BJP state president V Muraleedharan said that the proposed visit by Kerala legislators which includes Congress and Left party members to Gujarat is proven in clear terms that the Gujarat State development is a role model to all other states in the country.
He said a CPM Panchayat member from Nedumangad town (near Thiruvananthapuram) had recently been to Gujarat, to attend a conference on local bodies.
Both Congress and CPM do secretly accept the fact that Narendra Modi is an able and efficient administrator but due to political reasons they are not ready to admit it in public, says BJP.
The RSP party leader and Minister Shibu Baby John had also visited Modi. The Gujarat model under Modi’s leadership is a model to be followed by all the states in the country, the BJP said.
Labour Minister Shibu Baby John’s meeting with Narendra Modi had created a controversy with the Congress and the CPM slamming him. The Minister expressed his regret, once he reached home.
CPM MLA P Sreeramakrishnan said that BJP is trying to make political mileage out of the proposed visit to Surat which according to him, is just one of the cities which the Legislative Subject Committee plans to visit.
The Subject Committee wanted to study the steps taken in waste management after the plague breakout in Surat. The sewage treatment plant in Surat was built before Modi became the Chief Minister, he said. The purpose of the visit is not to study about the Gujarat model of development. Since the BJP is trying to make mileage of CPM MLA’s visit, he would give Surat a skip.