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Tezpur, the administrative headquarters of Sonitpur district in Assam, is in West Bengal, according to Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju.
Raju made the faux pas in a letter written by him to Assam MP Ram Prasad Sarmah. The letter was in response to a request by Sarmah for starting regular flight on the Tezpur-Delhi sector and renaming the Tezpur airport.
"With regard to renaming the airport it is stated that as a general practice, the requests for naming/renaming of airports are considered based on the recommendations of the concerned State Government supported by a resolution passed by the respective State Legislative Assembly. Such proposals are then sent to the Union Cabinet for consideration and approval after due inter-ministerial consultations. However, no such proposal has been received from the State Government of West Bengal in this regard," Raju's letter read.