Removing governor as chancellor: Opposition allies with LDF, but has objections

Opposition leader VD Satheesan and minister P Rajeev. Photo: Mathrubhumi Archives

Thiruvananthapuram: The LDF government introduced a bill in the Kerala assembly on Wednesday to amend 14 university acts in order to remove the governor as chancellor.

The UDF-led opposition are on the same page with LDF over removing governor as chancellor, but has contentions against the amendments suggested by the government.

Opposition leader VD Satheesan even opined that the amendments were intended to spread Marxian ideology.

There was a debate between law minister P Rajeev and Satheesan over the matter. Rajeev asked whether Rajasthan or Chhattisgarh model of appointing chief minister as chancellor need to be imbibed, to which Satheesan said, “the government did not hold any talk with us (opposition) over amendments despite being an important matter.”

Rajeev made it clear that the regime is not interested in adopting Rajasthan or Chhattisgarh model. “In Kalamandalam we have appointed Mallika Sarabhai as chancellor. People of that sort should be in such positions,” he said.

Opposition also alleged that some of the amendments are against the University Grants Commission (UGC) rule and the Supreme Court verdict. The Opposition said, in reference to the Finance Memorandum, that there will be no additional financial burden from the consolidated funds of the State when these bills become law and come into force is not factual.

The bill has been sent for the consideration of the subject committee.

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