Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan had to call a journalist-council yesterday. Have you ever heard that a governor has ever organized a press-council? The Governor has to organize a press-council, this fact is proving that the government of that state is doing something which is objectionable and which should be known to the people of that state. What work is the government of Kerala stuck on?
His first assignment is that he is intent on appointing a vice-chancellor of his choice to his universities. The wife of a heavy-handed bureaucrat working with the chief minister was selected by the selection committee as the vice-chancellor of a university. Four other candidates, who were even more qualified and experienced, were canceled and the woman was given first place in the interview. Similarly in many other universities, the biggest criterion of eligibility criteria for the post of Vice-Chancellor is considered to be how close he is to the ruling party, the CPI(M).
Apart from this, party-comrades are being filled in the bureaucracy. They are appointed by making PA or OSD etc. of ministers and officers, so that after two years of service, they continue to get pension for life. Party-comrades are not punished for their crimes, so they are also being placed in important posts of the government. Like Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan called K.K. Ragesh has been appointed in his personal staff so that the police cannot arrest him.
This person had behaved extremely objectionable against Governor Arif Khan in the session of History Congress held in Kannur in 2019. So far no action has been taken against the culprits who created ruckus in the speech of the Governor in that convention and assaulted his security personnel. Two bills have also been passed in the Kerala Legislative Assembly to make the Governor completely powerless.
One, the right to appoint Vice-Chancellors has been taken away from the Lieutenant Governor and secondly, the anti-corruption powers of the Lokpal have been diluted. The chief minister is campaigning against the governor but doesn’t he know that without the governor’s signature both those bills cannot become law.
They should know that the President does not have the same authority over his provincial governments as the governors have over their central government. It is not easy to scare Arif Khan. Will a person who can compete with Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi be afraid of any Chief Minister?