In a major goof up, the Kerala government forgot to invite governor Justice P. Sathasivam to the grand celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Kerala Piravi (state formation day) on Tuesday.
The Governor was to leave to Chennai on Monday to attend a wedding had delayed his trip and was waiting for the invitation to participate in the event on Tuesday.
Sources in the Governor's office told TNM that the Governor was furious at not being invited. "There were last minute attempts made to invite him after the Chief Minister heard of the goof up. But it was too late," said the source.
Sources in the government also said that the Chief Minister and others were upset at the development.
"The Governor decided to leave to Chennai. He will go by 11.20 am flight," added the source.
However, a Malayala Manorama report said that the Governor was intentionally avoided from the function, as the organisers had planned a four hour event. The Governor's presence would mean that the programme had to be cut short.
The event to which almost 160 VIPs have been invited is being arranged by a team led by State Assembly Secretary.
The government has not yet given an official explanation for excluding the governor from Kerala Piravi celebrations.
The Governor wished all Keralites in his message on Monday.
Meanwhile there were also reports that an invitation for the event had reached the family of former Kerala assembly speaker A.C. Jose, who had died recently.