The Kerala government on 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.