The Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan government on Saturday sent its ordinance to the Raj Bhavan for approval to remove Governor Arif Mohammad Khan from the post of chancellor of universities. Raj Bhavan sources confirmed that the ordinance to remove the Governor from the post of Chancellor of Universities and appoint prominent academicians to the post has been received by the Raj Bhavan for the approval of Governor Arif Mohammad Khan. ,
Both Congress and BJP had opposed
However, sources said that it is unlikely that Arif Mohammad Khan will take any decision on the ordinance anytime soon as the dispute between him and the state government on the issue is not over yet. The Pinarayi Vijayan-led government had on Wednesday decided to bring an ordinance in this regard, which was opposed by both the Congress and the BJP. Opposition parties have alleged that the cabinet’s decision is aimed at converting universities in Kerala into ‘communist centres’.
plan to call state assembly session
At the same time, the ongoing dispute between the government and the governor is likely to worsen with the CPI(M)’s plan to convene the state assembly session next month. A new assembly session is likely to be called in December, which will continue till January. In this, the CPI(M) will be successful in preventing Khan from delivering the Governor’s address as per tradition.
When asked whether it was a “game plan”, party state secretary M.V. Govindan told the media on Saturday that all such things are decided by the government. The next much-awaited event will take place on Tuesday, when the CPI(M) and one lakh of its supporters will lay siege to Khan’s residence. In response, Khan asked them not to wait till Tuesday to protest.
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