Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has issued an explanation for declining the invitation to inaugurate the Loka Kerala Sabha. The Governor clarified that he had not been invited to the last three Loka Kerala Sabha meetings.

“I remember everything that was done to me. Why should I attend the meeting of those who tried to attack me? I was attacked in Kollam. I do not support those who condone violence. I especially commend the people of Kannur for rejecting the culture of violence,” the governor said.

The governor on Monday rejected a request from the state government to inaugurate the public meeting of the three-day Loka Kerala Sabha, a common platform for Keralites worldwide, later this week. According to sources here, the Governor made his stand known when Chief Secretary V Venu presented Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s letter at Raj Bhavan.

Khan, who has been at odds with the Left government on several issues, expressed concern over the allegations leveled against him by CPM leaders and the protests organized by its student and youth activists in public places, including blocking his vehicle movements in the state, during the visit of the chief secretary. Sources said he was angry with ministers who publicly expressed support for the activists who protested against him and encouraged them as democratic actions.

During the meeting, the Governor questioned the sudden change in the government’s approach towards him and declined the invitation, also pointing out the lack of similar invitations for other government programs like ‘Keraleeyam’, she added. The fourth Loka Kerala Sabha, aimed at the cultural, socio-political and economic integration of Malayalis living outside the state, will be held from June 13 to 15 at the Kerala Assembly complex.