Thiruvananthapuram: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has stepped up its attack against Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, who refused to grant approval to hold a special session to pass resolution against the contentious farm laws passed by the Central government recently.
Senior CPM leader M.A. Baby alleged that the Governor "acting on the directives of RSS headquarters in Nagpur".
The senior CPM leader who was a former education minister of the state and a former Rajya Sabha member said that the RSS headquarters is giving directives to the Union government which are conveyed to the Governor. He also said that the Governor knows the ground situation of Kerala and he is feigning ignorance on this following directives of the RSS.
Khan had disallowed a recommendation of the state government for a special session of the Assembly on December 23 for passing a resolution against the farm laws. The Governor had shot down the proposal and stated that there was no urgency for convening a special session of the house as already a special session was scheduled for January 8.
The state Cabinet had two days ago decided to approach the Governor again with a recommendation for a special session on December 31, for passing the resolution against the farm laws. Things reached a major point of friction after the CPI mouthpiece 'Janayugam' lashed out against the Governor in its editorial stating that he had overstepped his brief.
CPM leader and state law minister A.K. Balan had also come out against the Governor stating that he does not have any right to scuttle the recommendation of a democratically elected government.
Meanwhile CPI leader and state Agriculture minister V.S. Sunil Kumar and Balan met the Governor on Christmas day and tried to mellow down the situation. Both the ministers told media that the meeting was "positive". Sources in the Kerala Raj Bhavan also indicated that the Governor was considering the possibility of a special session on December 31.
(Based on IANS feed)