Later labour minister admitted that he should have avoided such a meeting.
"I wanted to know about the Gujarat model of skill development and training. This was part of my department. When I met state labour minister he suggested that I meet Modi, too," John explained.
Pradesh Congress Committee president Ramesh Chennithala, Union overseas minister Vayalar Ravi and Muslim League (second biggest partner in the ruling United Democratic Front) also criticised the minister's meeting with the Gujarat chief minister.