Kollam: Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday alleged that he and other local leaders were not allowed to enter Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple during Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s Kerala visit. Taking to Twitter, Tharoor accused the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) of striking their names from the list of people allowed in the temple when the PM was there.

“Received Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram for the unveiling of a plaque of the Swadesh Darshan project. But when the local MP, MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly) and mayor were to enter the temple with him for darshan, we learned that the PMO had cut us from the list,” he tweeted.

PM Modi visited Kerala on Tuesday. He offered prayers at the centuries-old Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple. Governor Justice P Sathasivam and state Devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran accompanied PM Modi inside the temple.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Minister of State for Tourism, Alphons Kannanthanam and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor was present in the function.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday attacked the state’s Left-led government and the opposition Congress over Sabarimala temple issue.

In a rally at Kollam, PM Modi said, “The CPM government’s conduct on Sabarimala will go down in history as the most shameful action of any government in power… We know CPM government never respected spirituality, religion… but no one thought it would turn so shameful”.

He also lambasted Congress party and asked it to clear its stand on the Sabarimala issue. “Congress has multiple stands – they say one thing in Parliament but a different thing in Pathanamthitta. Our stand on this issue has always been clear. And, the actions of our party match our words,” PM claimed.

Furthermore, he said, “Left and Congress make tall claims about respect to gender justice and social justice but their actions are exactly the opposite. NDA Government has been working towards abolishing Triple Talaq. Who is opposing us on this? Communists and the Congress,” PM asserted.