Pinarayi Vijayan | Screengrab
Palakkad: In a strongly-worded speech, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan warned the governor that he cannot move an inch away from the constitutional duties bestowed upon him.
"What are you thinking? You have only one job here which is to act according to the advice of the state government. You can't do anything in your personal capacity. It is better if you realise that Kerala does not allow such moves," he said.
Pinarayi was speaking at the public rally as part of the Palakkad district conference of CITU.
CM earlier had organised a press conference here after the governor yesterday wrote to nine vice-chancellors of the state to put their papers in by 11.30 on Monday. He accused Khan of misusing his power and warned of a strong public opposition. A similar criticism was also made when Khan a few days ago tweeted that he will sack state ministers.
Khan on Sunday had sought the resignation of VCs citing the Supreme Court verdict against the technological university vice-chancellor. He said their appointments ceased as of October 22. Pinarayi said the verdict is not applicable to any other university and Khan's move is a threat to the autonomy of the institutions. It is a planned action to sabotage the growth of the state, said the CM.
Khan later on Monday called a press conference to announce that he had sent show cause notices to the vice-chancellors to explain why they should not be sacked.
The HC on Monday evening said the governor's Sunday letter to the vice-chancellors is invalid and they can continue in the post till the chancellor decides on the show-cause notice.