December 1, 2022
Governor vs Government: Why is there a war in the states?

Governor vs Goverment : In almost all the states ruled by non-BJP parties in the country, there is a war between the Governor versus the government. Governor and state governments are face to face on issues ranging from constitutional matters to general administration. In many states including Punjab to Jharkhand, West Bengal and Kerala, there is a conflict between the governor and the governments. Even in the capital Delhi, the fight between the AAP government and the Lieutenant Governor is seen every day. Controversy was also seen in Maharashtra, but after the change of power there, the dispute is going on peacefully. Controversy is going on in the state after the Governor of West Bengal became the Vice President of the country. This type of conflict going on in non-BJP states is raising a big question on the dignity of the constitutional post of the Governor.

The latest case is of Punjab now. Where the Aam Aadmi Party and the Governor have come face to face. Governor Banwarilal Purohit has rejected the proposal of the state government to convene a special session of the assembly. Although the Governor had given its approval earlier, but later he canceled this approval. According to the rules, if any state government calls a special session of the Legislative Assembly, then it has to give a reason for it. The state government had given reasons to prove majority. Despite this, the approval granted was revoked. On the other hand, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has called a meeting of the cabinet again and has now called the session of the assembly on 27 September. The Punjab government has made the issue of convening the assembly session a matter of prestige.

The report sent by the Election Commission regarding the disqualification of Chief Minister Hemant Soren as a member of the Legislative Assembly in Jharkhand is pending. Chief Minister Hemant Soren’s complaint was made to the Governor in the matter of getting a mine lease in the state, which was sent by the Governor to the Election Commission. The commission took the decision after a long hearing from May to August and sent its report to the governor on August 25 last. A similar complaint was also made against the Chief Minister’s brother and JMM MLA Basant Soren and his report has also been sent by the Commission to the Governor. It is a month to send the report to the Election Commission and the Governor has not made that report public and has not taken any decision. Thus, there was confusion in the state. The leaders of the coalition running the government in the state had met the governor and asked him to take a quick decision, the governor had assured him that he would take a decision soon, but it also took more than three weeks. The Chief Minister himself also asked the Governor to take a quick decision, but the Governor is not taking the decision.

There is also a tussle between Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. EP Jayarajan, the convener of the Left Democratic Front, has even said that the way of working of the Governor is not right. He should be removed from the post immediately. The dispute between the Left Front government and the Governor in the state of Kerala has been going on for a long time. About three years ago, the Communist Party government was formed in the state, since then there is a dispute on every single issue. Controversy is going on in the state on issues ranging from policy issues to personal staff.

In Delhi too, there is a conflict between the Lieutenant Governor and the state government on one or the other issue. In Delhi, the Lieutenant Governor ordered a CBI inquiry into the new liquor policy, after which the CBI raided the place of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on August 19. Till a month later, neither Sisodia has been called for questioning nor has he been arrested. In this way, there are many issues on which there is a conflict between the Aam Aadmi Party government of Delhi and the Lieutenant Governor.

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