Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan on Tuesday “gracefully” accepted that he has not been invited to the Christmas meeting organized by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan earlier in the day.
Responding to the media being left out by Vijayan, he said that the whole world is changing.
“Problems arise when you face change. I have no problem not inviting. My Christmas greetings to everyone involved. I sincerely wish you all a very happy New Year. I also wish all Keralites a very Merry Christmas. I have nothing against anyone for not inviting,” Khan said.
Incidentally, the friction between Khan and Vijayan has worsened since August after the former took a hard line over the appointment of Vijayan’s private secretary wife Priya Varghese to a teaching job at Kannur University.
Since then, the gulf between the two has only widened and the Assembly last week passed the Bill to abolish the post of Chancellor of the 14 State Universities.
Also, Vijayan and his team’s decision to boycott the Christmas gatherings organized by Khan sent a strong message that the CM is not in the mood to entertain and has decided to take the fight to the camp of his enemies.
Khan received another round of applause last week when the Vijayan government decided to extend the Assembly session beyond this year, as the general rule is after the end of a session of the Assembly, the cabinet has informed the chief minister that the session has been extended, but he decided last week. to continue the current session.
Therefore, the usual address of the Governor of Kerala to the state legislature on the opening day of a new session of the new year will not be held in 2023.
Now, all eyes are on Khan’s move on the Bill that removes him as Chancellor.