Thiruvananthapuram: Former electricity minister MM Mani sharply criticized Governor Arif Mohammad Khan for refusing to give consent to his opening address to the House.
The former electricity minister said that the personal staff of ministers are not being paid by the governor's family. He went on to call the governor a "headache" for the government and the whole state.
"Arif Mohammad Khan joined BJP after leaving five other parties. That's how he became governor. Now, he is saying things that are nonsense," Mani added.
Mani alleged that the governor aims to get another term when his post expires. The pension of the personal staff is not paid by his family, but from the government treasury. He is playing a cheap political game here, Mani said.
Earlier, the governor questioned the government on its decision to take over the pension liabilities of those politically appointed as personal staff of the ministers.
In an interview to Mathrubhumi News, the governor had said that it is not a good practice for staff members to resign after two years to get pensions. He even alleged that this method was to raise party cadres at the government expense.