States must be empowered to remove governor, Kerala moves proposal to centre

Kerala Assembly | Photo: Mathrubhumi Library

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has put forward a recommendation before the Centre seeking powers for the states to remove the Governor. Kerala is demanding that the state legislature must be empowered to remove the governor in case of violation of the constitution, lapses in the duty of the Chancellor or in taking criminal prosecution procedures.

Kerala has recommended the Retd. Justice Madan Mohan Punchhi Commission, appointed by the Central Government to report on the changes to be made in the Central-State relations. The Cabinet approved the recommendation moved by the Law Secretary. This last Cabinet meeting also considered this recommendation.

The appointment of the governor should be discussed with the government. Kerala government also proposed to bring a constitutional amendment for the same. Significantly, this recommendation comes amid the tussle between the governor and government over various subjects.

The government also put forward a major recommendation seeking intervention to limit the discretionary powers of the governor. The recommendation was made pointing out the delay in getting approval for bills sent by the government to the governor. The state also demanded to take immediate action over the proposal.

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