Governor Arif Mohammad Khan misusing power, punching above his weight, says MV Govindan

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Thiruvananthapuram: CPM state secretary MV Govindan on Monday slammed Governor Arif Mohammad Khan for the latter's latest threat of sacking ministers who 'lower the dignity' of his office.

Governor is misusing his powers and is unaware of the rights enshrined in the constitution. He does not have the power to oust ministers, said Govindan.

"Governors and Ministers should act constitutionally. The Supreme Court has stated that the President does not have the right to recall the Governor. Similarly, the Governor has no right to recall the ministers. All these appointments are made according to Articles 163 and 164 of the Constitution. The Governor appoints the ministers and accepts their resignation on the recommendation of the Chief Minister. Otherwise, the Governor has no right to recall the members of a state cabinet," he said.

On Monday, the fight between the government and the Governor turned ugly after the latter openly threatened to sack ministers. "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," Governor tweeted.

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The fight over appointment of vice-chancellors to the state universities and signing of bills are still continuing.

Govindan said that the Governor's intervention in the University affairs is a case of misuse of power. "We will resist such unconstitutional attitudes," he said. The Governor had removed the senate members of Kerala University who refrained from attending the last meeting which was scheduled to recommend its representative in the VC selection committee, a long-time contention with the institution and the Governor.

Govindan took a dig at the Governor by recounting his remark on RSS. "The Governor of Kerala has said that he supports RSS. It would not be wrong if someone says that the Governor is implementing the RSS agenda in the state."

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