Congress members in the Lok Sabha alleged that the Chief Minister's name was deleted from the list of invitees to the function in Kollam in Kerala being organised by the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam.

Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma alleged that there was pressure from the Central government against the invitation to Chandy. The function will see PM Modi unveiling a statue of late R Sankar, who was a Congress Chief Minister of Kerala and a leader of the SNDP.

"The allegation is completely baseless," Rajnath Singh said, referring to the charge that the government was responsible for the development. He said the SNDP was a social organisation and it was its decision to invite or not invite somebody to the function.

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"The SNDP must have invited the Chief Minister also for the function but later, after some controversy erupted among its members, it decided not to call him for the same," he said. "Our government does not want any confrontation with any state government. In fact, it is taking steps to strengthen federalism," added the minister.

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