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If the ordinance sent by the state government is directed at me, I will refer it to President: Governor of Kerala

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan said that if the ordinance sent to Raj Bhavan by the CPI(M)-led government was intended to target him, he will not judge it and the same to the President would refer.

Speaking to reporters in New Delhi on Saturday night, Khan said he had not yet seen or reviewed the ordinance and would make a decision only after that.

“If I am the target, I will not be the judge in my own case. I’m not going to report it now. I will see and if I come to the conclusion that it is the intention to attack me, then I will not judge (about it). I will refer (to the president),” he said.

State Minister for Local Self-Government and Excise MB Rajesh meanwhile said the government expects the governor to act in accordance with the constitution.

Rajesh, speaking to reporters in Thiruvananthapuram, said the state government was exercising its powers under the constitution when it came out with the ordinance and sent it to the governor.

“It is legal, constitutional and in accordance with the rules. We can now only expect that everyone will act in accordance with the Constitution,” he said.

Khan reached Delhi on Saturday night, a Raj Bhavan source said.

Earlier that day, the left-wing government in Kerala sent an ordinance to the Raj Bhavan to remove the governor from the post of chancellor of universities in the state.

Kerala’s cabinet had decided on Nov. 9 to come up with the ordinance amid the left-wing government’s ongoing battle with Khan over the functioning of universities, including the appointment of vice chancellors, in the state.

The ordinance is intended to appoint leading academics as chancellors of the universities in the state in lieu of the governor.

The decision of the Pinarayi Vijayan-led government has been opposed by both Congress and the BJP, as both sides claimed the move was aimed at turning universities in Kerala into “communist centers”.

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