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Chief Minister’s Office patronising smuggling activities in Kerala: Governor Arif Mohammed Khan

Khan also openly challenged the Chief Minister, asking whether he would be able to resign if he was unable to prove or substantiate his allegation

"When you make such a serious charge against me, you have to substantiate the same," Khan added. (File)

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan on Thursday alleged that the Chief Minister’s Office was patronising smuggling activities in the state and contended that this situation has given him reasons to interfere.

“I have never interfered. But now I see all smuggling activities are patronised by the office of the Chief Minister (CMO). But if the state government, the CMO and the people close to CM are involved in smuggling activities, definitely there are grounds for me to interfere,” Khan said, while responding to reporters on the accusations of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan that the Governor was trying to make universities in the state centres of RSS and Sangh Parivar.

At a convention in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday, the chief minister had said the Governor was trying to make universities in the state centres of RSS and Sangh Parivar and that he was trying to implement the saffronisation agenda of these groups.

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Reacting to this, Khan said, “They (Left government, CM) are saying I am doing this (action against VCs) to bring RSS people. If I have nominated even one person, not just of RSS, any person, on my own using my authority, then I will resign. Will he (CM) be able to resign if he is not able to prove it? I am asking you (the media).” “People sitting in the CMO dictate Kannur University VC to appoint their relatives — underqualified and unqualified.” he added.

First published on: 03-11-2022 at 11:40 IST
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