Amid ongoing battles with the state government over various issues, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan claimed on Friday that the governor’s stance is not a rubber stamp and that he will set his sights if anything comes his way.
Khan, who has been the governor of Kerala for three years, also said that he does not believe all non-BJP states have problems with their respective governors.
“I do not believe that all non-BJP states have issues with the governor and I also do not believe that with BJP governments there are no disagreements between the government and the governor. Out of the recent three rulings, one is about West Bengal, one pertains to Kerala and the other pertains to Gujarat, which has a BJP government. I don’t think we should generalize these things. Even in BJP-ruled states, there were sometimes disagreements…” he said.
He referred to certain Supreme Court rulings.
During a session at the 2022 Times Now Summit here, Khan said, in response to a question about criticizing the governor being a rubber stamp, the question is “why do you have the governor’s attitude”.
“You made this arrangement, which is very costly, just to sit there and act like a stamp, not to use his mind? President Fakruddin Ali Ahmed was squarely criticized by everyone to the extent that a cartoon was published in newspapers where he sits in the bathtub asking his servant to sign more ordinances If you remember after the emergency…
“Why don’t you put a rubber stamp in the Raj Bhavan? After the cabinet passes an ordinance, the chief minister comes to the Raj Bhavan to a certain room, picks up that rubber stamp and puts it…,” he said.
He also stressed that India has been a unity culturally and spiritually, but the country has been politically fragmented for centuries.
“We needed someone in the state when your unit was only 75 years old and your history of political fragmentation and centrifugal forces operating in India is several thousand years old,” he said.
Further, Khan said that “if anything comes to me for approval, I will apply my thoughts”.
The governor also mentioned the unrest taking place in certain parts in the wake of the citizenship amendment bill and took a look at the government of Kerala, which had passed a resolution against the bill.
“…in a democracy everyone has the right to criticism, criticism is the essence of democracy but the problem arises when you cross the border. Citizenship is something that falls exclusively under the central government.
“If a political party in a state passes a resolution against it, that is absolutely fine. But if you take the matter to the Kerala Assembly, which has no jurisdiction over citizenship and you waste the money of the treasury on convening these sessions and then If you go to the Supreme Court and you don’t even inform the governor, the problem arises because you exceed your powers,” he stressed.
Khan and the Kerala government are at odds on several issues.
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