Kerala governor, opposition leader accuse each other of being Pinarayi's ally

Satheesan and govenor
Leader of Opposition, VD Satheesan and Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan.

Kerala Governor and the leader of the opposition have traded blows yet again over the controversies related to the reappointment of the Kannur University vice-chancellor and denying D.Litt for President Ram Nath Kovind.

For once, the state government did not partake in the exchanges as Governor Arif Mohammed Khan and Congress leader VD Satheesan took potshots at each other.

The opposition had recently alleged that the LDF government had rejected the governor's recommendation to confer Kerala University's honorary D.Litt on President of India, Ram Nath Kovind.

Satheesan accused the governor of being inconsistent with his remarks. "All he has done is read out the statements given by BJP leaders," said Satheesan.

He added that Governor Khan was scared of the chief minister and urged him to "show dignity to the parliamentary position he holds".

Meanwhile, the governor mocked Satheesan by claiming he was "close to the government". "Instead of being more loyal than the king, he can check with the king himself," Khan quipped.

Before walking away from media persons, the governor summed up his feelings in Malayalam: 'marupadi arhikkunnilla' (does not deserve a response).

Meanwhile, Satheesan accused the governor of not doing enough to rectify the errors with regards to the 'illegal reappointment". "He is saying everything except what he is bound to say. He has admitted to wrongdoing, but hasn't rectified anything out of fear of the government."

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