Chandigarh: The Punjab meeting Tuesday handed a legislation that might take away the governor as chancellor of all 32 state universities — and substitute him with the chief minister. The event comes as the newest salvo within the ongoing energy battle between Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and Punjab Governor Banwari Lal Purohit.
The Punjab College Legal guidelines (Modification) Invoice, 2023 — which might give the CM the ability to nominate college vice-chancellors — would require the governor’s assent for it to turn out to be legislation.
Talking within the Home Tuesday, Mann, whose Aam Aadmi Get together (AAP) has 92 MLAs in Punjab’s 117-member home, mentioned that males of excessive integrity and reputation have to be appointed within the universities as vice-chancellors. However Purohit, who isn’t from the state and is unaware of its historical past and tradition, creates pointless hurdles, and it’s unfair that such an individual is empowered to nominate V-Cs within the state
Citing the row that erupted earlier this month when Purohit requested the Panjab College, Chandigarh, to offer affiliation to schools in Haryana, Mann claimed that as a substitute of securing the pursuits of the state, the governor was making an attempt to appease his political masters in Delhi.
This, he mentioned, was blatant disrespect to the decision of the those who elected the state authorities.
“The governor has been transferring round within the state and he’s free to take a ticket from his occasion and contest elections if he desires to be part of the federal government,” he mentioned.
The Shiromani Akali Dal, with its three MLAs, additionally voted in favour of the invoice.
The Punjab Raj Bhavan has but to subject an official assertion on the newest growth.
Purohit and Mann have been at loggerheads for a number of months now. Final week, the governor wrote to Mann asking him to reply to a number of letters that he had written searching for info on varied points, together with on the appointment of vice-chancellors for varied universities.
In his letter, Purohit instructed Mann that the Supreme Courtroom had made it clear that the governor was effectively inside his rights to hunt info from the state chief minister and that by not doing so, Mann can be failing in fulfilling his constitutional responsibility.
Mann gave his response via a tweet during which he claimed that it was the governor who didn’t do his constitutional responsibility when he refused to confer with his authorities as “my authorities” throughout his deal with to the Punjab Meeting on the primary day of the funds session in June — an accusation that Purohit has denied.
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‘Governor has no work’
Earlier, throughout a dialogue on a decision moved by a legislator condemning non-payment of the agricultural growth fund by the Union authorities, the chief minister lashed out at Purohit for “inflicting bother to his authorities”.
“The central authorities (BJP-led central authorities) has, in all of the non-BJP-ruled states, appointed an individual to bother the state authorities. (This particular person) is known as the governor,” mentioned Mann. “If the governor is stored specifically for this objective and doesn’t bother the chief minister for a number of days, he receives a cellphone name from the Centre and is held accountable,” Mann claimed.
The governor, Mann claimed, had “no work” aside from writing letters to him.
“These are the love letters written to me by the governor,” the chief minister instructed the Home, producing a stack of papers.
(Edited by Uttara Ramaswamy)
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