Kerala's Forest Minister K Raju on Germany tour while state drowns

The floods have wreaked havoc on Kulathupuzha and several other parts of Punalur Assembly segment which Raju represents.

Published: 18th August 2018 01:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th August 2018 01:13 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: At A time when the state is battling devastation on a scale unseen in recent memory, Forest Minister K Raju along with Ponnani MP E T Mohammed Basheer and CPI’s young turk Mohammed Muhassin, the Pattambi MLA, chose to tour Germany.

c, has raised questions from various quarters.

ALSO READ | Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches flood-hit Kerala; state to urge declaration of national calamity

The floods have wreaked havoc on Kulathupuzha and several other parts of Punalur Assembly segment which Raju represents. His Germany visit comes in the backdrop of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan having put off his visit to the Mayo Clinic in the US. CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran told Express, “The minister had taken the party’s permission for the visit. However, it was up to him to decide whether or not to leave for Germany. Indeed, there are people efficient enough to coordinate relief operations in his absence.”

ALSO READ | Kerala flood rescue: Focus on Chengannur and Chalakkudy

The minister is scheduled to attend seminars which the Malayali Associations world over organise regularly. CPI sources hinted the party state executive and the state council, which are slated to finalise the candidate for the Chief Whip, are likely to become a stormy affair on account of the minister’s foreign visit. Thomas George, now a German citizen, on holiday in his hometown Mukootuthara in Pathanamthitta said, “In Germany, the Malayali Associations organise programmes regularly and getting a minister or a VIP from Kerala is considered a prestige issue. Nothing concrete comes out of these meetings.”


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

  • Satatupa Chatterjee

    Hope he can bring adequate donations for flood relief and rebuilding Kerala's infrastructure. Kerala needs that now.
    4 years ago reply
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp