Milma Ordinance: State govt awaits final approval from Governor

Governor Arif Mohammed Khan | Photo: Sabu Scaria| Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Governor is yet to sign the ordinance issued by the state government over election in Milma. It is learnt that Governer Arif Mohammad Khan is likely to sign only after seeking legal advice on the matter.

Meanwhile, the high court considered the petition filed by the opposition parties against the ordinance. The state government sought two weeks for the ordinance to be approved by the governor. The state told the court that they were awaiting the final approval from the governor.

Governor also sought an explanation from the state government over a letter submitted by opposition leader VD Satheesan demanding not to approve the ordinance.

The new ordinance gives the administrator or a representative of the administrative committee the right to attend local governing body meetings and vote on committee elections.

The move from the state came amidst the Milma Thiruvananthapuram Regional-Union elections. In an ordinance introduced by the government in 2021 to oust former union leaders, only Milma group presidents have the right to vote.

Earlier, the same ordinance was amended twice before it was finally passed by the state.

The regional union election was on April 9. Elections were held for a total of 14 seats. Only the results of five have been announced. The results of the remaining nine seats will be announced as per the court order.

The opposition alleged that the state government is trying to sabotage the regional cooperative milk producers union managing committee election.

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