Governor slams Kerala CM for violating norms; to seek explanation
New Delhi: Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan on Friday sharply criticised Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for moving a petition in the Supreme Court against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) without his knowledge.
The Governor started speaking to media reading the clause in Rules of Business. Arif Mohammad Khan said he would seek a report from the CM for violating the rules and ensure that everyone is abiding by law.
He added that the CM was duty bound to submit cases which affect the relation between the state and the central governments to the Governor as stipulated in Rules of Business 34 (2) before an order or decision is made.
“The CM is accountable to me and it is a clear violation of rules,” Arif Mohammad Khan said regarding the petition in SC.
The Governor also criticised the Pinarayi Vijayan’s ‘resident’ reference against him and warned that the CM must not consider himself above the law.
Arif Mohammad Khan reminded the Kerala government and its CM that the Governor is the administrative head of the state.
The Governor is viewing the petition in the apex court as a move against the President, whom he represents. In this situation, the Governor will seek a report from the CM regarding context in which the Kerala government moved the SC against CAA.