Will move resolution against Governor in Assembly: Ramesh Chennithala

The war of words between Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan and political fraternity in the state over the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) has taken a new turn on Saturday as Opposition leader in the state assembly, Ramesh Chennithala, has given a notice to Speaker seeking permission to introduce a resolution in the Assembly calling on President Ram Nath Kovind to recall the Governor.

Ramesh Chennithala's move comes as Arif sought an explanation from the government for including the state's disapproval of CAA in the policy address to the assembly.

"The Governor has challenged the authority of the assembly, so he must be removed immediately. I have given a notice to the speaker under Rule 30 to present the resolution requesting the President to recall him," the Kerala Congress-backed UDF leader said a press meet.

The Governor will address the 18th session of the assembly on January 29. By practice, the Governor usually reads out the policy speech prepared by the state government. However, Arif questioned and sought clarity on the inclusion of references opposing the citizenship law in the policy speech.

While sending back the speech, Arif pointed out that many issues mentioned in it, including CAA, were being considered by different courts.

He also expressed his displeasure over the inclusion of union subjects in the policy speech.