KC Venugopal | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Congress top brass hastily convened at the residence of MP KC Venugopal after the party leaders expressed different views in the move of Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan to sack state vice-chancellors.
KPCC president K Sudhakaran, opposition leader VD Satheesan and senior party leader Ramesh Chennithala attended the meeting.
Soon after the governor sought the resignation of nine vice chancellors, Satheesan had come out in support of the move. In fact, Satheesan in earlier statements had asked the governor to sack the vice-chancellors. KPCC chief Sudhakaran also backed the governor.
However, national general secretary and MP KC Venugopal said the move was against the federal principles of the constitution.
On Tuesday, MP K Muraleedharan also came out against the governor. He described the action of the governor as an attempt to saffronise the educational institutions.
Muslim League also decided to tread cautiosly. While welcoming the verdict, it said the governor's actions were unjustifiable.
Meanwhile, VD Satheesan clarified that there is no difference of opinion among leaders and the essense of the statements is the same. He said the governor, state government and vice-chancellor are on one side and the opposition is on the other side.