CM slams governor, terms his press meet as strange act

Pinarayi Vijayan | Photo: PTI

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan raised a sharp criticism against Kerala governor Arif Mohammed Khan for holding a press meet against the state government. He pointed out that the governor is not responsible for any bills signed by him.

He was addressing the media here on Wednesday. The CM has responded to the allegations raised by the governor in his press meet which was held at Raj Bhavan on Monday.

The CM accused him of turning Raj Bhavan into a centre of "political conspiracy".

Pinarayi Vijayan said there are formal channels and established norms for the communication between the government and the Governor.

The press conference held at Raj Bhavan was unprecedented not only in Kerala but even in the country itself, the Chief Minister said.

He reminded that as per the Constitution, the Governor is the constitutional head of the state and the executive power is vested in the elected government.

"The Constitution stipulates that the Governor should act in accordance with the help and advice of the cabinet," he told reporters here.

Pinarayi Vijayan also pointed out that the Governor is not personally responsible for any law or decision he signed and it belongs to the state government only.

‘A govenor of a state must avoid himself from having links with political parties. But here, the governor is proud to declare himself as an RSS member. I was forced to call this press meet as the governor also declared his stance publicly before the media,” clarified the CM.

Pinarayi Vijayan noted that the governor is taking revenge on historian Irfan Habib who always opposed RSS.

“ He called a noted historian like Irfan Habib as goonda. Once, he stated that Kannur VC Gopinath Raveendran is a criminal. Interstingly, both individuals who faced the attack from governor have taken strong stance against RSS,” said the CM as listing the unruly behaviour of the governor.

“ A protest erupted at the venue of History Congress in Kannur University when the governor issued provoking statements on CAA. He is trying to turn the universities in Kerala as an experiement lab of RSS. We will not allow this move,” declared the CM.

The CM also responded to the allegations against the appointment of Kannur University Vice Chancellor. He noted that the Kerala High Court had upheld the appointment as putting an end to the controversy.

The CM also criticised the governor for holding the bills passed by the assembly. He noted that Arif Mohammed Khan is violating the constitution by refusing to sign the bills.

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