Union Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who has locked horns with the Centre on various issues, Tuesday showered praise on each other over taking up development projects.
Speaking at a function at nearby Eranholi in Kannur district where the foundation was laid for two national highway projects, Gadkari lauded Vijayan for his initiative in speeding up the land acquisition process for various ongoing projects in the state. Thanking him, Vijayan, described Gadkari as a "man of action who never mixes politics with development."
Earlier, at a function in the Cochin Shipyard Limited to Gadkari appreciated Vijayan for facilitating the execution of the GAIL pipeline project which had faced protests from some quarters in the state. In response, Vijayan said Gadkari was always encouraging and hailed his support for the development of inland water transportation in the state.
The bonhomie displayed by the two leaders comes even as the Marxist leader and BJP are locked in a political fight over various issues, including on Sabarimala. Incidentally, Gadkari and Vijayan travelled from Kochi to Kannur in a chartered flight. This was the second flight with VIPs to land at the yet-to-be commissioned Kannur airport after BJP President Amit Shah who arrived there on October 27 to attend a party function.
(With inputs from agencies.)