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CAA tussle: Will not remain a mute spectator, says Kerala governor | India News

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Amid the tussle with the Left front government over the CAA, Kerala governor Arif Mohammed Khan on Sunday made it clear he would not remain a “mute spectator” and would ensure the law of the land is upheld.

“The Constitution has to be upheld and this is not a personal fight,” Khan, who arrived from Bengaluru, told reporters here on Sunday evening.

“I will not sit like a mute spectator … we will ensure that the rules and law are upheld,” he added.

Taking objection to the state government moving the Supreme Court against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) “without consulting” him, the governor has sought a report from the chief secretary.

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Governor’s office has sought a report
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from the chief secretary for not informing him about the state’s move to approach the apex court against the CAA,” a top source from Raj Bhavan told PTI on Sunday.

The LDF government had on January 13 moved the top court challenging the Act and had sought to declare it as ultra vires of the Constitution.

Attacking chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Khan had earlier said the public affairs and the business of the government cannot be run in accordance with the “whims of an individual or a political party” and everyone has to respect the rules.

Kerala govt moves Supreme Court challenging Citizenship Amendment Act

The Kerala government has moved the SC challenging the Citizenship Amendment Act and has sought to declare it as ultra vires the Constitution. In a suit filed in the apex court, the Kerala government has sought to declare that the CAA 2019 is violative of Article 14, 21 and 25 of the Constitution and violative of the basic principle of secularism enshrined in it.

Kerala was the first state to pass a resolution in the state assembly against the CAA and to knock on the doors of the top court, challenging the new law.

The Governor, who has made his displeasure known public, had told reporters in Delhi that as per Rules of Business Section 34(2) sub section 5, the state government should inform the Governor on matters that affect the relations between the state and the Centre.

However, the state has maintained that it had not violated any rules and no deliberate attempts had been made to challenge the authority of the Governor’s office.

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