CM should have come to explain; Governor tells ministers who met him on pending Bills

By PK Manikandan

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Arif Mohammed Khan | Photo: Mathrubhumi/B Muralikrishnan

Thiruvananthapuram: Governor Arif Mohammed Khan told the ministers who arrived at Raj Bhavan to answer his questions regarding pending bills that the chief minister himself should have come to brief him.

Ministers P Rajeev, VN Vasavan, R Bindu, J Chinchu Rani and V Abdurahiman met the governor on Thursday night. The Bill to appoint independent chancellors to the universities in Kerala by removing the governor from the post, the controversial Lok Ayukta (Amendment) Bill, University Laws (Amendment) Bill to alter the formation of the search-cum-selection committee for vice-chancellor appointment and Cooperative Societies (Amendment) Bill are among the pending Bills before Khan.

Despite easing his position on bills like merging Malappuram district cooperative bank with Kerala Bank, the governor was not ready to sign the controversial ones. He may again seek explanation from the government on these Bills.

On the Lok Ayukta (Amendment) Bill, Rajeev said the government wanted to follow the model of Lok Pal. However, governor said that the intention of the state government was not right. It may be noted that the governor had earlier approved ordinances on Lok Ayukta and cooperative societies without making any public comments. The same contents were introduced in the Assembly to replace the ordinance.

Earlier on the day, Khan told media that the chief minister was constitutionally bound to explain governing matters to him.

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