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Kerala Congress serves notice to discuss recall of Governor

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Kochi (Kerala), Jan 25 : The tiff between the Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan and the Kerala legislature took a turn for the worse on Saturday, when the Congress-led opposition gave a notice to the Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan for moving a resolution to be sent to President of India to remove Arif Mohammed Khan from the post of governor.

Khan was quick to respond and welcomed the move.

Speaking to the media here, Leader of opposition Ramesh Chennithala said that he has written to the Speaker under the rules of the Legislature under Section 284(5) to move a substantive motion to see that a resolution is passed by the legislature and send it to the President of India to withdraw Khan from the post of governor.

The new session of the Kerala Assembly is slated to begin on Wednesday.

“Varkala Radhakrishnan, the then Speaker of the assembly, (veteran CPI-M leader, E.K. Nayanar was the chief minister), on February 2, 1989 had given a ruling that through a substantive motion, this can be done. The reason why we are moving this against the present governor is he has deplored the assembly, when a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act was passed. Governor is very much part of the Assembly, but he has condemned what we did. This is a clear disrespect to the assembly and hence we are bringing in the substantive motion,” said Chennithala.

Chennithala added that this is the first time in the history of the Assembly, that such a motion is being moved.

“What Khan should have done was to have expressed his displeasure against the CAA resolution in writing to the Speaker, instead he has gone public. The previous governor P. Sathasivam, who was a former chief justice of India during his tenure never ever met the media, but for Khan, it has become a habit for him to air everything in public. This does not befit the post that he holds and Sathasivam even expressed surprise in what was happening,” added Chennithala.

Responding to the news of the opposition, Khan told the media in the state capital that he welcomes the move.

“From what I have heard from you, I welcome the move and let them approach the President, who appointed me,” said Khan.

“I work according to the Constitution. I have a right to advice, warn and encourage the government. I don’t know of others, but I am one who has read the Constitution and do only as per the Constitution,” said Khan.

In response to a question on the media reports that he has sent back the Governor’s address which was given to him by the Pinarayi Vijayan government, that he will have to read it out on Wednesday in the Assembly, Khan said that he will not discuss such things in the media.

According to reports the Governor’s address has two paragraphs about the CAA and the resolution that was passed by the assembly demanding the withdrawal of the CAA and Khan has expressed his displeasure about it.

About the view of his predecessor Sathasivam, Khan said that everyone is entailed to their view.

Now all eyes are on Wednesday, when Khan arrives to deliver his address.

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Adhir won’t attend Trump dinner, cites exclusion of Sonia

He said the government was busy in Trump’s visit at a time when on an average, 31 farmers commit suicide every day across the country.

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New Delhi, Feb 22 : Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, who has been invited to attend the dinner with US President Donald Trump on Tuesday, said he will not attend the function as his party chief Sonia Gamdhi has not been invited.

Speaking to IANS, Chowdhury said, “I have received the invite from President Ram Nath Kovind, but I have decided not to attend the dinner.”

The Congress leader said, “The government is not courteous enough to invite my party chief Sonia Gandhi. Since she has not been invited, I too will not attend the function.”

Hitting out at the present dispensation, he said the government should have shown the decency to invite the chief of a national party. “This is a departure from the past practice of inviting senior leaders of opposition parties”.

He said the government was busy in Trump’s visit at a time when on an average, 31 farmers commit suicide every day across the country.

“The government is busy in spending lavishly on his visit to please him while unemployment rate is at its peak in India and the economy is in doldrums,” he said.

He also questioned eviction of slum-dwellers in Ahmedabad for the US President’s visit.

Trump is scheduled to visit India on February 24 and 25. The couple will spend the first day of the trip in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad and Uttar Pradesh’s Agra before moving to Delhi for the official reception and bilateral talks.

This is Trump’s first state visit to India and also a first standalone visit by a US President to India.

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Amit Shah, Jaishankar to attend ‘Namaste Trump’ event

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Gandhinagar, Feb 22 : Union Home Minister Amit Shah and External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar are likely to attend the ‘Namaste Trump’ event at the Motera stadium in Ahmedabad on Monday.

A couple of other Union Ministers are also expected at the event, being organised to welcome US President Donald Trump on his first visit to India.

“All Gujarat Cabinet ranked Ministers have been given two platinum passes for the event. They have also been given 10 gold passes to invite the influential persons of their choice to the event. The Ministers have been asked to stay at their residences in Gandhinagar. By 11 a.m. they will be taken to the stadium in special vehicles, vetted by the security apparatus,” said a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader.

Similarly, all BJP legislators had been asked to stay at the MLA quarters, from where they would be taken to the event in a special bus at 10 a.m, the leader added

Leader of the opposition in Gujarat Assembly Paresh Dhanani has been invited to the ceremony. However, according to sources, Dhanani is unlikely to attend as he is expected to be out of the town.

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Vaghela flays ‘wastage’ of public money on Trump visit

“Trump’s likely visit to the Ashram has been cancelled as Narendra Modi doesn’t like the truth. Truth is what Gandhi stood for. But it’s Godse mentality, which is wiping out the Gandhian ideology,” Vaghela said.

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Gandhinagar, Feb 22 : US President Donald Trump’s scheduled visit to Gandhi Ashram has been cancelled by people who don’t like to speak the truth and opposed the truth, said former Gujarat Chief Minister Shankersinh Vaghela here on Saturday.

Gujarat was shamed by the money being wasted on the welcome, as Gandhi and Gujarat were known for austerity, he said. Vaghela was at the Gandhi Ashram in Sabarmati to pay tribute on Kasturba Gandhi’s death anniversary.

“Trump’s likely visit to the Ashram has been cancelled as Narendra Modi doesn’t like the truth. Truth is what Gandhi stood for. But it’s Godse mentality, which is wiping out the Gandhian ideology,” Vaghela said.

He said Gujarat was known for Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and its austerity. “Gujarat is shamed by the huge unnecessary expenditure by the administration to welcome Trump. Why such wastage, when America has shown it doesn’t like India. We will hold the Nagrik Abhivadan Samity, which has invited Trump, accountable for public money spent on this welcome,” said Vaghela.

“The America that denied you (Modi) a diplomatic visa when you were Gujarat CM and insulted Gujarat thereby, why are you being a doormat for them and become his stooge? To propagandise him for his political gains? Trump has stated there won’t be any business deal with India,” he said.

“I pity our Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. The poor fellow doesn’t know what is going on around him,” said Vaghela, head of the National Congress Party’s (NCP) Gujarat unit. He quit the Congress in 2017 before the December 2017 Assembly elections.

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