The Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, boycotted the inauguration of the new terminals at the Chennai airport on Thursday.

In a statement here, Ms. Jayalalithaa said that she was not participating in the inauguration of the second terminal of the domestic airport as the Centre had not responded to her request that it be named after former Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran.

However, as per the protocol, the Chief Minister received Hamid Ansari,

Vice-President, ahead of the inaugural function at the airport itself.

Explaining the reason for not attending the inauguration, she said that the Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh had sent an invitation to her to attend the inaugural function of the new terminals constructed at a cost of Rs 2,015 crore. Accepting the invitation, she had given her consent.

Meanwhile, Ms. Jayalalithaa said she wrote to Mr. Ajit Singh that naming the new domestic terminal after the late MGR would be received well by people and that the Centre should make an announcement in this regard before the inaugural function.

“Deeply pained”

“As per protocol, I, as Chief Minister, welcomed him [Mr Ansari] at the airport,” she said, adding that the Centre’s failure to name the new terminal after the former Chief Minister “deeply pained” her and the people.

Reiterating her demand, Ms. Jayalalithaa wanted the Centre to respect the feelings of the people.