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Thiruvananthapuram: Amid escalation of war of words between him and the LDF government, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan made it clear on Sunday he will not remain a “mute spectator” as he sought a report from it over moving the Supreme Court against the Citizenship law without informing him.
Days after the Governor hit out at the Pinarayi Vijayan government for not informing him before moving the apex court and declaring that he was not a “rubber stamp”, the Raj Bhavan sought the report from the state Chief Secretary on the matter.
“The Governor’s office has sought a report from the Chief Secretary for not informing him about the state’s move to approach the apex court against the CAA,” a top Raj Bhavan source told PTI on Sunday.
Confirming that he had sought the report, Khan, who arrived here this evening from Bengaluru, told reporters that it should not be seen as a “personal fight”.
“This is not personal fight. My only concern is that the Constitution and the law must be upheld and the business of the government must be transacted in accordance with the law”, he said.
Khan’s stand had drawn the ire of ruling front with CPI (M) mouthpiece Deshabhimani slamming him for making “political statements” and alleging he was “threatening” the state in a “tough language”. However, the government has said it did not violate any rules and no deliberate attempts had been made to challenge the authority of the governor’s office.
Law Minister A K Balan had said on Saturday the government would clear all apprehensions raised by Khan.
Days after passing a resolution in the assembly against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the state government had on January 13 approached the supreme court against the controversial law.
An upset Khan had on Thursday said it was “improper” and protocol and courtesy demanded that he should have been informed by the government prior to moving the court.
Khan, who has been at loggerheads with the LDF regime since it convened a special assembly session to pass the resolution seeking scrapping of the CAA, on Sunday said the government moving the court without his knowledge was an illegal act.
“This is in contravention of the rules. This is an illegal act. I am not fighting any personal vengeance. I am just pointing out that the law and Constitution must be upheld,” he said.
When pointed out that the Law Minister had said no rule had been violated by the state government, the Governor challenged him to show the law.
“Let him quote the Law. I am quoting here. Even after this, you are saying somebody has given his personal opinion. I am giving you the law. What the government has done was illegal. Let them show me the provision. I will take everything back. I will not sit like a mute spectator. I have to ensure that the Constitution and the law are upheld”.
Meanwhile, CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Sunday said in independent India the post of governor was superfluous. (PTI)