Opposition divided over support to Kerala governor’s move to sack vice-chancellors

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KC Venugopal, VD Satheesan and PMA Salam

Thiruvananthapuram: The opposition in Kerala is divided over the governor Arif Mohammad Khan's move of seeking resignation from vice-chancellors of nine universities in the state.

While opposition leader VD Satheesan and former opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala welcomed the action of the governor, Muslim League general secretary PMA Salam said the move was farfetched.

Congress general secretary KC Venugopal also refused to give a blind support for Arif Khan.

Satheesan termed the move as "correcting the past mistakes." Governor, who initially aided the government in making the illegal appointments, has finally decided to correct his mistakes. It is a good sign, he said. Taking on the chief minister, Chennithala said the CM worked with the ‘Sangh Parivar agent’ to appoint those vice-chancellors in the first place. He was referring to the criticism of the CM in a press conference in the morning that the governor was acting as a Sangh agent.

Venugopal is of the opinion that the move of the governor was against the federal principles.

Muslim League said the governor was politically motivated.

However, all of them are on the same page when it comes to accusing the government of violating the UGC regulations in the vice-chancellor appointments.

LDF has announced a protest rally against the governor on November 15.

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