Kerala Guv Amid Tussle With State Govt

Amid the continued tussle with the state authorities over numerous points, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan on Friday asserted that the governor’s place isn’t a rubber stamp and that he’ll apply his thoughts when something comes for his approval.

Khan, who has been serving because the Kerala Governor for 3 years, additionally mentioned that he doesn’t consider that every one non-BJP states have issues with the respective governors.

“I do not consider that every one non-BJP states have issues with the Governor and I additionally don’t consider that with BJP governments, there are not any variations of opinion between the federal government and the Governor. Of the latest three judgments, one is concerning West Bengal, one is concerning Kerala and one is concerning Gujarat, which has a BJP authorities. I don’t assume we must always generalise these items. Even in BJP-ruled states, there have been typically variations of opinion…,” he mentioned.

He was referring to sure judgments handed by the Supreme Courtroom.

Throughout a session on the Occasions Now Summit 2022 right here, Khan, in response to a query about criticism that the Governor is a rubber stamp, mentioned the query is “why do you might have the establishment of the Governor”.

“You’ve made this association, which entails quite a lot of expenditure solely to take a seat there and behave like a rubber stamp, to not apply his thoughts? President Fakruddin Ali Ahmed was squarely criticised by everyone to the extent {that a} cartoon was printed in newspapers whereby he’s sitting within the bathtub and asking his attendant for any extra ordinances to be signed. When you please recall after the emergency…

“Why do not you place a rubber stamp within the Raj Bhavan? After the Cupboard adopts some ordinance, the chief minister involves the Raj Bhavan to a specific room, picks up that rubber stamp and put it…,” he mentioned.

He additionally emphasised that India has been culturally and spiritually a unit however the nation has been politically fragmented for ages.

“We wanted anyone within the state when your unity was solely 75 years previous and your historical past of political fragmentation, centrifugal forces working in India is a number of thousand years previous,” he mentioned.

Additional, Khan mentioned that “if something involves me for approval, I’ll apply my thoughts”.

The Governor additionally talked about the agitations that occurred in sure components within the wake of the Citizenship Modification Act and took a dig on the Kerala authorities, which had handed a decision towards the Act.

“… in a democracy, everybody has the fitting to criticise, criticism is the essence of democracy however the issue arises if you cross the boundary. Citizenship is one thing that comes completely beneath the central authorities.

“If any political celebration in a state, cross a decision towards it, it’s completely advantageous. However if you take the matter to the Kerala Meeting which has no jurisdiction over citizenship and also you waste the cash of the exchequer for summoning these classes and you then go to the Supreme Courtroom, and you do not even inform the Governor, then the issue arises since you are exceeding your powers,” he identified.

Khan and the Kerala authorities are at loggerheads over numerous points.

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