Thiruvananthapuram: On Friday, Union Minister V Muraleedharan expressed strong disapproval of the Kerala Left Government’s decision to approach the Supreme Court regarding Governor Arif Mohammed Khan’s refusal to sign certain bills that had been passed by the state legislature.
He said the governor has taken a stand against corruption, and what he is trying to do is protect the interests of the people of the state. Defending the governor’s refusal to endorse certain bills, Muraleedharan clarified that this was in line with the governor’s stance against bills that restrict the authority of the Lok Ayukta and encroach upon the powers of the university.
Speaking to the press in Thiruvananthapuram, Muraleedharan accused the state government of attempting to create conditions favourable for nepotism and the appointment of their associates to influential positions without any hindrance. He emphasized that Governor Arif Mohammed Khan’s actions were motivated by a commitment to safeguard the welfare of the people of Kerala.
Furthermore, the Minister of State for External Affairs pointed out that the Kerala government lacked any constitutional recourse against Governor Khan. He highlighted that, in numerous instances, the state government had pursued similar legal challenges in the Supreme Court, incurring substantial expenditures. According to Muraleedharan, the actions of the Left government amounted to a misuse of taxpayers’ money.
The recent move by the Kerala government to approach the Supreme Court was based on the claim that Governor Khan’s delay in granting assent to state assembly bills was defeating the rights of the people.