Kerala to move resolution against Governor over CAA

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Thiruvananthapuram: Welcoming the Opposition Congress’ plan to move a resolution against him in the state assembly over the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan on Saturday said he was functioning as per the Constitution.

The Governor’s statement came hours after leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala said the party will move a resolution in the assembly, seeking his recall for “violating” all democratic principles and “publicly questioning” the pride of the legislature.

“Most welcome,” Khan said when asked about the Opposition move against him. “Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I am the constitutional head of the state. It’s my duty to advise, counsel, encourage and warn the government. It’s part of my duty as per the Constitution and as interpreted by the Supreme Court also,” he told media on the sidelines of a programme here.

Khan said there was no confrontation with the government, but reiterated that the state’s move to approach the apex court against CAA without informing him was not right.

“There may be some difference of opinion but it cannot be termed as confrontation,” Khan, who has been over loggerheads with the state government for past few weeks, said.

Chennithala has said that he has given a notice to Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan seeking his permission to move the resolution in the assembly under the rule 130 of the legislative business.

He accused the Governor of publicly challenging the unanimous resolution passed by the state assembly against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 enacted by the Parliament during its winter session.

“Even the single member of the BJP in the Kerala assembly did not cast his vote against the resolution passed by the assembly against the CAA. But the Governor has made public statements saying it was unconstitutional,” he told a press conference here.