Major ordinances to lapse if Kerala governor abstains to sign them today


Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan | Photo: Sabu Scaria/ Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: 11 ordinances, including the controversial Lok Ayukta Amendment Bill, will turn invalid on Monday if Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan refrains from signing them. If the ordinances are not signed, the amendments made to six laws will become void, which will be an unusual event in the state.

It has been hinted that the ordinance which cut down the governor’s powers as vice chancellor had provoked the governor. However, no official declarations were made regarding this. Instead, the governor’s office marked its dissent in renewing the ordinances continuously without introducing them in the Assembly.

Governor Arif Mohammad Khan, who is currently in Delhi, will return to Kerala only on August 11. Meanwhile, there is a provision that allows a governor to issue his digital signatures to approve the ordinances. Hence, discussions are expected to be carried out on Monday.

Power of government regarding ordinances

  • Introduce the ordinances in the Assembly and submit them to the governor after passing the bills.
  • Government can summon the Assembly, citing an emergency (the next session has been scheduled to join in October).
  • Persuade the governor to renew the ordinances by explaining the situations in which the government could not introduce the bills in the Assembly.
  • Renew and send the invalid ordinances to the governor as new ordinances and seek the governor’s approval again.
Governor’s powers

  • Governor can withhold the ordinances indefinitely as there is no rule to approve the ordinance within a particular period.
  • Governor can send the ordinances back. However, he cannot abstain from signing it if the cabinet approved and submitted again.
  • Governor can reserve the ordinance for the President's approval.
  • Governor can maintain the same position even if the bills were passed in the Assembly. But, he will have to face criticisms citing infringement of democratic procedures.

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