Don't be ridiculous, CM Pinarayi tells Governor on latter's threat to sack ministers

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Pinarayi Vijayan | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: The duties of a governor and the state government have been defined in the Constitution and whoever thinks they have powers beyond it should understand that their thoughts are invalid, said chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. He was reacting to the threat of Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan of sacking ministers who ‘lower the dignity’ of the Governor's office.

“We have a federal system with a clear definition of duties. Several court verdicts also gave clarity to it. BR Ambedkar has said that the governor has narrow options to make a call on his own. Ministers submit resignation to CM and governor accepts it based on the advise of the CM,” he said

The Governor on Monday had said: “The CM and Council of Ministers have every right to advise Governor. But statements of individual ministers that lower the dignity of the office of the Governor,can invite action including withdrawal of pleasure.”

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Pinarayi advised the Governor not to become a clown in front of the public by making such comments.

On the matter of sacking 15 senate members from the University of Kerala, CM said as the chancellor, the Governor should work for betterment of universities.

“His actions (of sacking the senate members) are illegal. He even removed ex-officio members. Even if he is sacking nominated members, natural justice cannot be denied,” he said.

On Saturday, the governor had sacked all but two senate members nominated by him, after they refrained from attending the meeting slated to select a representative for the VC search committee.

The formation of the search committee while the government was mooting changes in the format of the committee had triggered a tug of war between the governor and the university, controlled by the ruling dispensation.

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