The Opposition move to cash in on the Kerala Government's rift with the Governor floundered. The Opposition notice seeking permission for a resolution asking President Ram Nath Kovind to recall Governor Arif Mohammed Khan was rejected by the business advisory committee.
Both Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Parliamentary Affairs Minister AK Balan were against the demand of Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala to move the resolution in the Assembly. Balan told media persons that the Opposition's resolution could not be accepted. And as the Opposition Leader had not given the notice as per guidelines, the Government did not want new practices to be implemented, he added.
The Governor had earlier rejected the address to be made by him during the start of the Assembly as it had comments against the Citizenship Amendment Act whose votary Khan has been. But finally the Governor had to give in and read out the address with the CAA remarks. But he was cautious and said he was personally against the remark. He added that he was reading out the part in accordance with Pinarayi's request.
This gave hints of a patchup between the Governor and the Pinarayi Government. Politically it was a big win for the BJP as a wedge was driven into a sort of unity that had been created between the ruling party and the Opposition over fighting CAA.
It appeared that in the wake of the Governor stating that he was reading the anti-CAA part of the address for the Chief Minister, the Government would not push the resolution against the Governor.
On Friday, that was what happened, giving the Opposition greater vigour to accuse the Government of "coming into a sort of understanding with the Governor". Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala was disappointed with the Government decision. He told mediapersons that he wanted to record his dissatisfaction in the business advisory committee report.
The Opposition could raise the demand again when the report is tabled. It proposes to raise the issue again in the Assembly on Monday.