Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 4: Kerala Government on Tuesday night bid a warm farewell to outgoing Governor Justice (Retd) P Sathasivam and his wife Saraswati.
Justice Sathasivam said "I have seen Kerala in all its beauty, the beauty of its greenery and the beauty of the oneness with which the people faced adversities like cyclone Ockhi, flood and the recent landslides."
"I hope to see the beauty of this synergy continuing throughout the rebuilding of Kerala" he added. "Five years have passed since I began my life in Kerala as Governor. Twice I have seen Kerala's helplessness under the monsoon's wrath. But, the Springs I'd seen were bright with colours of hope and the sparkle of oneness. And the summers, radiant with concepts of progress and welfare," he said. "A health and constructive relation between Governor and government is essential. Happy that in Kerala, we could stand together." "Not that we had no difference of opinion, but the mutual understanding we'd developed to ensure people's welfare was stronger than any difference of opinion."
He said "Receiving from Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, the memento on behalf of State Government at the farewell meeting held in my honour. I have the satisfaction of having completed a full tenure by discharging my constitutional duties with utmost care and caution."
Born on April 27, 1949, Palanisamy Sathasivam previously served as the 40th Chief Justice of India (CJI) from 2013 to 2014.
The 70 year old justice was the second judge from Tamil Nadu to become the CJI, after M Patanjali Sastri. He was also the first former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to be appointed as the Governor of a state. Mr Vijayan, his Cabinet colleagues, Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala and top IAS officers attended the farewell function at Mascot Hotel.(UNI)