Govt denies report of showing `disrespect` to Vayalar Ravi

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 15:40

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government
Tuesday denied media reports that it had shown "disrespect" to
Minister for Indian Overseas Affairs Vayalar Ravi by inviting
Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel for inauguration of the
newly-built International airport terminal here instead of
him.

Raising the issue in the state Assembly, Congress member
Varkala Kahar alleged that the LDF government had
"deliberately" sidelined Ravi, a cabinet minister from the
state, without any valid reason and invited Patel for the
inauguration.

Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan in his reply said the
government had in fact invited Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

to inaugurate the terminal. The PMO had informed the state it
would be convenient for him to attend the function in October.

However, the date and programme for the inauguration
would be finalised after getting confirmation from the PMO, he
said.

"Hence, the media reports about showing disrespect to
Vayalar Ravi and sidelining him are not true," he said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 15:40

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