Tuesday 8 September 2020 8:06 AM UTC
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Sept 8: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had convened a meeting of all twenty MPs representing Kerala in the Indian parliament.
The meeting was held ahead of monsoon session of Parliament session to exert pressure on the Central government in both the Houses against its move to lease out the international airport here to the private sector. The meeting was convened as per the practice of holding discussions with the MPs ahead of Parliament sessions on issues that need to be raised.
While all the MPs from the state cutting across party lines supported the state government’s stand on the issue, Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor stuck to his position, backing the Centre’s move to lease out the airport for 50 years to Adani Enterprises, official sources said
Addressing the MPs via videoconference, Vijayan said the state government would not cooperate with the Centre if it went ahead with the decision to lease out the airport to Adani Enterprises Ltd. Urging the Centre to re-examine its decision, Vijayan said the operation and management of the airport be handed over to the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) in which the state government has a stake
The Chief Minister noted that the state government has experience in managing the airports in Kochi and Kannur in Public Private Participation, the sources said. Tharoor had supported the Centre’s decision, saying that he was speaking in the best interests of his constituency He had tweeted, saying “the people of Thiruvananthapuram want a first-class airport worthy of the city’s history, status and potential
Last month, the Kerala Assembly had passed a “unanimous resolution” demanding the withdrawal of Union Cabinet’s decision to lease out the Thiruvananthapuram airport to Adani Enterprises Ltd.
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