CM's foreign trip: Governor writes to President, PM seeking action

Aneesh Jacob

Arif Mohammed Khan, CM Pinarayi Vijayan | Photo: PTI, Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: The tussle between Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has taken another turn as the former approached the Indian president Droupadi Murmu with a complaint. Sources close to Raj Bhavan revealed that the governor has forwarded a complaint to the President of India over the foreign trip of the CM and other ministers. In the complaint, the governor alleged that the CM and ministers took the foreign trip without informing him. He also sought the centre's action over the matter. It is learnt that the governor has forwarded a copy of the complaint to Prime Minister Narendra Modi too.

The CM didn't inform the governor, who is the nominal executive head of the state, before leaving for the trip and after returning to the state. In the letter to the President. the governor alleged that the CM violated the rules of business. As per this rule, the Chief Ministers of states must inform the governors about their foreign trip. Major discussions in the trip should be informed to the governor. After returning from the trip, the Chief Minister must brief the governor about whether the trip turned successful or not.

Ministers V Sivankutty, P Rajeev, Veena George and V Abdurahman also accompanied the CM on his foreign trip.

Meanwhile, it is reported that the central government has taken serious note of the letter from Arif Mohammed Khan. The President will seek the opinion of the Prime Minister's office over the matter. Further action will be taken based on the report from the ministry of home affairs.

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