Kerala formation day function: Speaker expresses regret to Governor
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan has expressed regret to Governor P Sathasivam for not inviting him to the diamond jubilee celebrations of the Kerala formation day.
Sreeramakrishan in a letter to Sathasivam tendered unconditional apology "for causing inconvenience" and also clarified that "there was no deliberate intention to avoid or ignore" him. The incident of not inviting Governor P Sathasivam to the diamond jubilee celebrations of Kerala formation day had erupted into a controversy.
Noting that he was not invited to the function, Governor Sathasivam went to Chennai and returned to the state the other day.
It was pointed out in the letter that it was due to certain technical issues that Governor could not be invited, sources at the Speaker's office said here today.
"Government seeks the co-operation of the Governor for all its future programmes and also for the functioning of legislature," the letter said.
The Speaker also said that the reason for the misunderstanding was the Assembly Secretariat's query whether the Governor will be in town during the day of the celebration.
The CPI(M)-led LDF government had come under attack for not inviting the Governor and also three former Chief Minister's for the function.
Besides Governor, CPI(M) veteran V S Achuthanandan and two former Congress Chief Ministers A K Antony and Oommen Chandy kept away from the function to mark the year-long diamond jubilee celebrations.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who inaugurated the celebrations, had said that the Governor was not invited due to "protocol" issues.
In his opening remark at the function, he had said the government had not "forgotten" the Governor as stated in some quarters.
Giving reasons for omitting the Governor, Vijayan said "if the Governor was invited, only a limited number of people could have been accommodated on stage. But as you can see now, there are more than 60 persons from various fields who are on stage."
Year-long programmes have been lined up as part of the celebrations and a function "more attractive" would be held later, in which the Governor would be invited, he had said. Agencies