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Kerala governor’s assembly speech skips remarks critical of Centre

In the printed copy of his address, prepared by the Kerala government and distributed to legislators and media, there was a reference to the alleged tendency of the central government to “roughshod” the traditions of cooperative federalism by bypassing the state government.

india Updated: Jan 22, 2018 22:15 IST
HT Correspondent
In his policy address, Kerala governor P Sathasivam skipped portions critical of the BJP government at the centre.
In his policy address, Kerala governor P Sathasivam skipped portions critical of the BJP government at the centre.(HT File Photo)

Kerala governor P Sathasivam on Monday skipped references critical of the Modi government from his prepared speech as he addressed the assembly on the opening day of the budget session.

When the copies of Sathasivam’s speech were distributed among members of the assembly and media, it was found he had left out some portions critical of the Centre for allegedly bypassing the state.

The governor’s address is a policy statement of the state government, which prepares the speech.

“We are also perturbed by the tendency of the central government to roughshod the best traditions of co-operative federalism by bypassing the state government and directly dealing with the district authorities and local bodies. The GST has resulted in serious abridgement of the fiscal powers of the state government,” the omitted lines read, referring to the goods and services tax.

The launch of GST had pitted the Centre against some states that accused the Modi government of bulldozing the tax reform.

The governor’s address is a policy statement of the state government, which prepares the speech.

Though some Left legislators criticised the governor, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan played it down, saying he was not aware of any major omission.

Assembly officials later said two paragraphs were left out by the governor while addressing the House.

A former Chief Justice of India, Sathasivam was made the governor after the BJP-led NDA came to power.

In his speech, Sathasivam referred to campaigns by some “communal outfits” on the law and order situation in the state on both social and conventional media, in the past year.

“Despite being a state with some of the best law and order indices in the country, a month-long campaign was carried out across India, on certain flimsy grounds by some communal outfits,” he said.

However, people of the state responded to this campaign featuring the hash tags, the governor said.

During the past one year, there were “slanderous” attacks on the secular traditions of Kerala, doubts thrown on its social sector achievements and vilification of the law and order situation from various quarters, he said.

In October, the BJP had taken out the much-hyped ‘Janaraksha yatra’ against the alleged “red terror”, a reference to violence perpetuated by Left cadres against the RSS and BJP.

BJP president Amit Shah, who participated in the yatra, had alleged that Kerala, under the CPI(M)-led LDF government, had become a fertile ground for ‘jihadi terror’.

Vijayan had alleged that the yatra propagated “lies and false messages”.

Though he enjoys a good relation with the Left government, the Kerala BJP unit was upset with him for not taking up political murders with the state government.

(With agency inputs)