Thiruvananthapuram: Amid the ongoing tussle and war of words with the state government, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan invited Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his cabinet to a Christmas bash at the Raj Bhavan.
The government has not responded to the unexpected move of the governor.
The Christmas party is on December 14th at 5 pm. In addition to ministers, senior civil officials are also invited to the event, including the secretary general and heads of Christian factions.
The Government did not invite the Governor to the Onam celebrations. Khan went to Attappadi to attend another program on the day of the official closing ceremony.
Despite the invitation, Khan continued his tirade against the government on Saturday as well. He said the state government does not have “sole authority” over universities and they cannot do something unilaterally. He was reacting to the Bill introduced in the Assembly to replace the governor as chancellor of the universities.
Khan is yet to sign some of the Bills passed in the previous session of the Assembly.
He recently asked the chief minister to remove Finance Minister KN Balagopal from the cabinet saying the minister no longer has the governor’s “pleasure” to continue in office. Pinarayi responded to the developments with strong words. Khan also attacked Pinarayi personally as the conflict turned ugly.
The appointment of vice-chancellors of state universities and some faculties are also the subject of discussion between the two heads of state. Khan has decided to remove the VCs of 11 state universities appointed based on the recommendations of the government, citing the Supreme Court order of technological university VCs. According to the government, however, the order is not applicable in other universities.
It remains to be seen if the invitation will be too embarrassing for the government to attend the event or if it will use the opportunity to seek a truce.