Kerala govt likely to bring bill in assembly to remove governor as chancellor

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Arif Mohammed Khan, CM Pinarayi Vijayan | Photo: PTI, Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: Uncertainty has been looming over the government’s decision to bring an ordinance to remove governor Arif Mohammed Khan from the post of chancellor of the universities in the state. The government is worried that the governor may refuse to sign the ordinance and forward it for the president’s assent. Observing this, the government is planning to bring a bill instead of the ordinance.
Earlier, the governor had declared that he will forward the ordinance to the president if it only targets his powers. If the ordinance is forwarded for the president’s assent, a decision on it will be delayed. If such a situation emerges, the government will not be able to bring a bill on a subject which is being considered by the president.

Meanwhile, though the state cabinet has decided to bring an ordinance for the removal of the governor as chancellor of universities, no action was taken to forward the ordinance to the governor. At the same time, the government didn’t officially declare that it is stepping back from the ordinance against the governor. Chief Minister’s office also informed that the ordinance will be forwarded to the governor soon.

The government had held talks with legal experts on the scope of bringing an ordinance to curtail the powers of the governor as chancellor. As per the legal advice received by the government, the governor would not be able to forward the ordinance against his chancellor post to the president as it doesn’t deal with any subject that challenges the central government acts or constitution. The ordinance against the governor exclusively comes under the state list as it seeks amendment in a bill passed by the state assembly. Citing these facts, the legal experts opined that the governor would not forward the ordinance to the president.

But if the governor forwards it to the president, it will trigger many legal issues for the government. Because of this, the government has been planning to replace the ordinance with a bill.

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