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CM Trip to Singapore Cancelled.

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The big plans of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to become a role-model CM by replicating the Singapore model in the AP capital city has been shattered by the NDA led centre. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to attend Lee Kuan’s funeral on March 29, the request of the AP government for its CM’s visit didn’t get a green signal. Mr Naidu was supposed to fly to Singapore on March 25 to pay homage and return. A request was sent to the Centre on March 24 evening, seeking clearance for the Singapore visit. But the trip was not okayed.
AP government advisor (communications) Parakala Prabhakar said, “The Government of India wants the CM to be a part of the combined delegation, which will be led by the Prime Minister, to Singapore to avoid multiple delegations from India. Secondly, instead of paying homage, the delegation can attend the funeral service on March 29.” According to officials, as per the norms, for a Chief Minister’s foreign visit, the approval of the PM must be obtained by the department of economic affairs, after the political clearance from the ministry of external affairs. After Modi took over as PM, he streamlined foreign travels by CMs and ministers in the State. A new directive has been issued that makes it mandatory for them to not only inform the Centre about the “proposed visit” but also praise it once they return.
The state government is now awaiting instructions from the Centre on the  proposed visit of the combined delegation to Singapore. A decision on whether Chandrababu will accompany the PM or not will be known today. AP government advisor (communications) Parakala Prabhakar says that the AP CM will either join the PM’s caravan or attend the funeral service on March 29.