Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan created history of sorts on Wednesday when he read out in Assembly the government's version of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Earlier, he is believed to have refused to read out the paragraph on the Act which the State Government has been opposing and Khan vehemently justifying. However, he did so under protest. He made this clear by reading the 18th paragraph of the policy and said that though he had objection to the contents, he was reading it out on the request of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. He said though he had his reservations and disagreement over the matter, was reading it out to 'honour' the Chief Minister's wish.
The Opposition Congress, which has sought permission to have a motion in Assembly, created a ruckus by blocking the Governor. They raised slogans and rushed to the well of the House demanding the Governor go back. Watch and ward staff forcibly removed the agitators.
A composed Governor went ahead with his address. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan tried to pacify the Opposition, but in vain. Finally, they walked out.