BJP claims Kerala govt, Tvm Mayor insulted President Kovind on his visit

President and Mayor
President of India, Ram Nath Kovind received by Thiruvananthapuram Mayor Arya Rajendran on Thursday. Photo: Twitter/ @SAryaRajendran

The BJP has claimed that President of India, Ram Nath Kovind was insulted by the state government on his four-day Kerala visit that ended Friday.

K Surendran, state president of the BJP, said that that "there were dozens of protocol breaches", including from the Mayor of Thiruvananthapuram, Arya Rajendran.

It is being alleged that the Mayor's vehicle had breached the security cordon and joined the President's convoy during his visit to Poojapura in the capital on Thursday.

The President had reached there to unveil a statue of PN Panicker who is renowned as the founder of the library movement in Kerala.

Other vehicles are not allowed to be part of the President's convoy. There were 14 vehicles part of the convoy, in one of which Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan accompanied.

However, it is alleged that the Mayor's car violated the protocol by attempting to enter the VVIP convoy.

Central intelligence agencies have sought a report from the Kerala Police.

It is also alleged that a water connection was not provided in the washroom that was arranged for the President at Poojapura. There was reportedly a 15-minute delay due to this lapse.

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