Thiruvananthapuram: Malayalam actor Joy Mathew has criticised the Kerala government over the controversy on Kannur International Airport.

With the Kannur international airport inaugurated on Sunday, it has made Kerala the only state in India to have four international airports. But there have been protests over this despite the state’s achievement.

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Mathew criticised the decision of not inviting former chief ministers VS Achuthanandan and Oommen Chandy for the inauguration of the airport. He said that the decision is a leader's arrogance. Mathew said this without mentioning chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s name.

He mocked that we need airports as the government is filling the vacancies in our state with unemployed people. And he wrote on Facebook that Keralites know that Kannur airport became a success because of the works of Achuthanandan and Chandy. He also wrote the ruler who denied this fact is a dictator.

Meanwhile, Chandy told the media that he doesn't want to create a controversy for not inviting him for the inauguration. He also said the UDF government planned to finish the construction of the international airport by 2017 itself.

The construction was progressing according to schedule till the UDF government was in power. One of the reasons for the late inauguration was one of the CPM-led panchayat didn't corporate for the land acquisition and quarrying of land. UDF had boycotted the inauguration of the airport due to this reason.

The Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala had said that it was rather unfortunate that Achuthanandan, whose government acquired the land for the construction of the airport and Chandy, whose government completed 90% of the work, was not invited for Kerala's historic moment.