Arif Mohammed Khan Slams Kerala Govt: Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has denied the allegations of interfering in the functioning of the state government. According to news agency PTI, Arif Mohammad Khan said, “I will not interfere in government business until the constitutional machinery is completely destroyed. There is no such situation in Kerala.” Khan said, “Every issue will be decided on the basis of merit. I will uphold the law and the constitution.
On Tuesday (November 15), Khan attacked the state government while talking to the media over the controversy over appointments to universities in Kerala. Khan claimed that he could present 1001 such examples when the LDF government interfered in the functioning of universities on a daily basis.
Why the governor and the Kerala government face to face?
When Khan was answering the questions of the media in Delhi, then on Tuesday itself, the Left parties protested outside the Raj Bhavan in Kerala. Left parties allege that the governor is interfering in the higher education sector of Kerala. Governor Khan and the Pinarayi Vijayan government are at loggerheads over the appointment of vice-chancellors in various universities. Governor Khan had asked the vice-chancellors of nine universities in Kerala to resign by October 24.
Governor’s allegation on Kerala government
According to news agency ANI, Khan told reporters, “The job of running the universities is with the chancellor, running the government is the job of the elected government. Tell me an example where I have tried to interfere in the working of the government, I will resign immediately. I can give you 1001 examples where they interfered in the day-to-day functioning of universities.
The Governor of Kerala told the media, “Why don’t you raise the issue that till last year there were 13 universities in Kerala and all the appointments are illegal.” Is there any state where 100% appointments have been made in violation of the law. Universities have become the fiefdom of party cadres and their relatives.
Was the ordinance case sent to Arif Mohammad Khan?
The state cabinet has recently sent an ordinance to Arif Mohammed Khan for his consent to remove him from the post of chancellor of universities in Kerala. Khan said that he is not the kind of person who can be pressurized. Earlier on Sunday (November 13), in response to a question regarding the ordinance, he said that he has not seen and read it yet, a decision will be taken after seeing it. He said that if he is targeted in the ordinance, he will not sign it and will send it to the President.
What did the High Court say on the protest outside the Raj Bhavan?
At the same time, on Tuesday itself, the Kerala High Court had refused to stop the protest march organized by the Left parties to the Raj Bhavan. A bench of Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chali directed the chief secretary to consider the complaint of BJP state president K Surendran. The BJP had complained that government employees were involved in the protests. However, the bench asked Surendran’s counsel that how the government employees from the protest march could be identified? Where is the government order that said that employees have to take part in the march?
The court said, “How can we identify government employees from among the protesters? How can we ask someone not to take out a protest march?”
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