Thousands of CPI(M) activists gheraoed the Raj Bhavan, the official residence of Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, on Tuesday. Neither Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan nor his cabinet colleagues took part in the rally. Vijayan and the governor have been at loggerheads ever since he refused to sign ordinances or bills related to the higher education sector.
Following Khan’s refusal to sign the O, the CPI(M) announced that they would march to the Raj Bhavan to register their protest. CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said that a strange situation has emerged. The difference of opinion between the governor and the government has affected democracy.
Higher education sector in the country is an issue: Yechury
Yechury said, “I have known the governor for the last three decades and the present situation is a policy matter and not a personal issue. The higher education sector in the country is an issue and not just in Kerala but in all non-BJP ruled states.” has become an issue. The governor’s office has been reduced to an office that furthers the political cause of the Centre. Yechury said the state’s universities here have high ratings and Kerala’s youth have potential.
‘Modi government wants centralization of education’
Yechury said, “Sangh Parivar’s agenda is to control the mind, as they are not interested in creative minds. The Modi government wants centralization of education, as the future of India is to be transformed into a monolithic, secular nature of our country.” So we all should come together and defeat this sinister project of the forces of Sangh Parivar.
Incidentally, this protest comes a day after the Kerala High Court passed a marching order to the Vice-Chancellor of the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) for lack of qualification prescribed by the University Grants Commission. Governor Arif Mohammad Khan has asked the 10 VCs of the state why action should not be taken against them as their appointments were not as per UGC guidelines. The matter is before the Kerala High Court and there is little chance of all the 10 VCs continuing in office. However, the protest is peaceful and Khan is currently out of the state.
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