Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Governors vrs states

BJP-appointed Governors of four non-BJP ruled states- Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Kerala continue to be a thorn on the sides of the opposition ruled states. It is not a good sign that governors are crossing the Lakshman-Rekha of politics. There appears to be some motive behind the manner in which the state governors are acting in an aggressive manner against the state governments. As per the constitution, the governor is appointed by the president of India but under the advice of the council of union ministers. The governor is a titular head or constitutional head and at the same time, he is the agent of the centre as the union government nominates Governor in each state. In all opposition-ruled states, the governors have been acting almost like political agents of the centre. Under the present ruling dispensation at the Centre, there has been an unprecedented interference by Governors in matters of policy and governance in opposition-ruled states .Those affected by such confrontationist policies are –Kerala, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The term used to describe the ailments is “Governor-itis”. Earlier then governor of West Bengal and present vice president of India, Jagdeep Dhankar, was always in the news with his almost daily battle or words with either the chief minister Mamata Banerjee or the ruling TMC. Even when Puducherry was ruled by the Congress and its allies, the then lieutenant governor Kiran Bedi ensured that whatever the Congress government proposed, she disposed. Later afer Kiran Bedi, the next incumbent Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan followed suit . In Tamil Nadu, the governor R.N.Ravi has been at loggerheads with the DMK government by refusing to give the nod to 20 Bills passed by the Assembly which are awaiting his assent. These include a Bill passed by the Assembly to exempt the state from NEET, the medical entrance examination. In Kerala the governor Arif Mohammand Khan has chosen to be as proactive as other BJP appointed governors against the non-BJP state governments. Khan had demanded the resignations of VCs of University of Kerala, Mahatma Gandhi University, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies, Kannur University, APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit , University of Calicut and Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University. The Kerala CPM/Left Front government has raised Cain over Khan’s impertinence. In Telangana the governorTelangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan is also at loggerheads with the TRS government. She has refused to sign one of eight pending with her — that would allow direct recruitment to teaching and non-teaching posts, except in medical university, for her approval.These are instances of governors crossing the constitutional bounds and becoming thorns on the side of the government. A governor may disagree but cannot overrule the council of ministers. Even in Delhi, the lieutenant governor Vinai Kumar Saxena over the liquor policy as well as public spat with the chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. The governors have been acting in such manner mainly because they have been given the task to do so and in the process weaken the mandated government. These are instances where constitutional probity are being challenged by the very offices that are supposed to safeguard them.

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