Kerala CM Breaks out of Party Line on Vijayan Issue

Breaking out of the confines of party line, Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan has said that it was not a shock that Governor R S Gavai gave nod to CBI to prosecute CPI-M state Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan.

Not terming Gavai’s action as a “serious breach of Constitutional norms” as described by his party, Achuthanandan said that he was not “shocked or surprised” by the Governor’s decision given identical precedents in the country.

“There have been precedents of governors having taken decisions like this using their discretionary powers after studying the matters under their consideration,” he told reporters after a Cabinet meeting here.

“I don’t consider this as a great surprise.There have also been references made by the Supreme Court in similar situations,” he said.

He was responding a specific query whether he thought that the Governor had infringed Constitutional norms as alleged by his party leaders in the state.

On Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan remarks that Gavai’s action of communicating the decision directly to the CBI without informing the state government involved grave procedural lapse, Achuthanandan said that there was no need to discuss that now as the Governor had already passed on the order to the government, which was his responsibility.

Achuthanandan, who is locked in a bitter feud with Vijayan on a host of issues, has repeatedly refused to toe CPI-M politburo line that the case was politically motivated.

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