PM regrets alleged slighting of Kerala CM

The PM`s phone call to Achuthanandan came after the Kerala assembly passed an unusual resolution protesting the alleged slighting of the CM during Manmohan Singh`s 3-day visit to Kerala from February 10.

Last Updated: Feb 15, 2011, 00:14 AM IST

New Delhi: In the wake of Kerala
government`s allegation that Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan
was slighted during Manmohan Singh`s recent visit to the
state, the Prime Minister on Monday night spoke to him and expressed
regrets.

The Prime Minister`s phone call to Achuthanandan came
after the Kerala assembly passed an unusual resolution
protesting the alleged slighting of the Chief Minister during
Singh`s 3-day visit from February 10.

The matter raised by Anathalavattom Anandan (CPI-M)
through a submission virtually turned into a debate with
Achuthanandan and some of his cabinet colleagues narrating
their experiences during the Prime Minister`s visit.

Achuthanandan said he was not provided a room at the
Taj hotel at Kochi where Singh stayed overnight on arrival on
February 10.

LDF members alleged that in an insult to the state
as a whole the Chief Minister`s name was also not inscribed on
the plaque which was unveiled by Singh at the inauguration of
the International terminal at the airport here.

They also said the media advertisement for the
inauguration of Vallarpadam transhipment terminal did not
have the Chief Minister`s picture.

PTI