Kerala governor cannot shy away from his chancellor duties: Opposition leaders

Kerala Governor
Congress leaders VD Satheesan (left) and Ramesh Chennithala (right) have urged Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan to return to the chancellor post.

Kochi: The opposition has refused to accept the Kerala Governor's decision to not return as Chancellor following his tussle with the state government over the reappointment of the Kannur University Vice-chancellor.

Leader of Opposition, VD Satheesan has warned legal action should the governor not return to the post.

"The governor's decision to not return to the chancellor post is against the rules," Satheesan told media persons here on Thursday.

"As per the university acts (Kerala University Act) passed by the state assembly, the governor is the chancellor. So, he has to continue in the post as per the law of the land.

"He can stay away from it only if the state assembly brings an amendment in the act."

Former leader of the opposition, Ramesh Chennithala said that the governor excusing himself from the role of Chancellor will adversely affect the functioning of universities.

Chennithala said that it was "a constitutional post and governor shying away from his duties shall create an administrative lockdown of universities".

"The governor must be ready to rectify his errors in the appointment of the Kannur VC. If not it will be justifying the controversial appointment," Chennithala wrote on Facebook.

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