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Rajeev Chandrasekhar proposed Nambi Narayanan for Padma award

The conferring of Padma award on ISRO former scientist Nambi Narayanan has kicked up a row with former Director General of Police TP Senkumar, lashing out against this, putting those nominated for Padma awards by BJP in a tight spot.

The name of Nambi Narayanan was recommended by BJP leader and M Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP.

He sent a letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 19, 2018, suggesting honouring Nambi Narayanan with a Padma award.

Senkumar, who has been close with BJP now after the Sabarimala protests and whose name has been doing the rounds as a probable party candidate for the coming LS elections, had criticised the conferring of the award. The BJP has found it hard to oppose Senkumar and also stand with Rajeev Chandrasekhar.

The CPM was quick to respond saying the state leadership of the BJP owed people an explanation.