CPM not looking to worsen relationship with Governor; special session for lawmaking this year too

Pinarayi Vijayan and Mohammad Arif Khan

Thiruvananthapuram: CPM state leadership has decided to tread cautiously in the recent tussle with Governor Arif Mohammad Khan on approving the extension of the ordinances.

Khan left for New Delhi without signing 11 ordinances which expired on Monday. Though it has irked the LDF, the ruling front is not looking to worsen the situation.

CPM has entrusted CM Pinarayi Vijayan to solve the matter amicably.

Governor has been signing most of the decisions of the government so far. Even when there were issues, CM's visit to Raj Bhavan would normally solve them.

However, things have gone out of hand this time. The ordinances include changes to the crucial Lok Ayukta (Amendment) Act as well. However, what irked Khan from taking the extreme step is believed to be the move to curb his role in appointing VCs of the state universities. The Governor had constituted the search committee for Kerala University VC when he heard the government was mooting an ordinance to restrict his powers as chancellor. However, this ordinance is not part of the batch that expired on Monday.

The CPM leadership has also decided to convene a special sitting of the Assembly, like in 2021, only to pass bills. Speaker MB Rajesh had also recommended the idea.

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