Congress asks Governor not to attend Karunakaran's commemoration event

In the letter, office of Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said that due to some unexpected developments, it would not be appropriate for the Governor to attend the function

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan was to inaugurate commemoration function of K Karunakaran, at 4 pm on Monday. However, he took to Twitter and shared the letter that asked him not to attend the function.

In the letter, office of Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said that due to some unexpected developments, it would not be appropriate for the Governor was to attend the function.

“Our Democracy allows freedom of speech and right to dissent and protest peacefully. But democracy requires room for debate as well. We may firmly adhere to our views, but need not shut the door to opinions different from ours. However, I have respect for all who differ with me and I again extend an invitation to them to Raj Bhavan for discussion. And for this purpose, if they invite me again, I shall respond positively," Governor said on Twitter.

"I have to do what I have to do. The law has been passed and it's my duty to abide by it. Those who criticise it is free to do so," Khan had told the media.

Earlier, slamming the Governor for his pro-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) stand, senior Congress leader M.M. Hassan said Khan is behaving like the state BJP President.

"Today the Kerala unit of the BJP has no president and from what the Governor has been speaking on CAA, it seems he is doubling up as the de facto state president of the Kerala unit of BJP," said Hassan, a former state minister and a former President of the Congress party here.

Khan has time and again batted for CAA as it has been cleared by the Parliament and inked by the President, but at the same time he has said that everyone can have their view and he also extended an invite to individuals or groups to come to his official residence for a discussion on it.

On the very day the CAA was passed by the Parliament, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had categorically stated that it would not be implemented in the state and last Monday all political parties that have representation in the Kerala Assembly sat on a joint protest against the new citizenship law.

Pinarayi Vijayan has also called for an all-party meeting on December 28 to discuss and decide on what should be the future course of protests.

The CPM is mulling to form a human chain from the northern tip of the state to the southern tip, here on January 26 and as the first step towards that, is the all party meeting.

But with State Congress President Mullapally Ramachandran making the party's stand very clear that there would be no more joint protests, it remains to be seen on how the all-party meet would go on Saturday.

(With inputs from IANS)

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