After brickbats, bouquets for Kerala CM from Governor


Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 26 (IANS): After being engaged in a bitter fight over the CAA, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan had only good words for Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in his Republic Day speech, here on Sunday.

Earlier on a few occasions, both Khan and Vijayan took on each another over the Ctizenship Amendment Act, with Khan strongly in favour of it and Vijayan opposing it tooth and nail.

But after hoisting the tri-colour at the Central Stadium on Sunday, Khan in his address heaped praises on Vijayan and in the way he has been taking Kerala forward.

Contrary to expectations, Khan did not delve into his favourite topic of CAA or lashing at the Vijayan government, the only reference he made was that he is proud to belong to a nation that gave refuge to various people including those from Israel who came to South India.

"The real sweetness of Kerala's achievements lies in the gravity of the adversities we faced in the last two years. First, the devastating flood, then, ruthless landslides. But, with a rare spirit of oneness, we overcame those hurdles with a courage and grace," said Khan.

"Development initiatives under the leadership of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan brought well deserved recognition to Kerala. First in sustainable development goal index of UN and NITI Aayog, first in health and public education and model in terms of welfare and gender equality," said Khan.

For the photographers it was a hectic time as all eyes were on Khan when he welcomed Vijayan and his family and it reached a climax when Khan placed Vijayan's grandson on his lap.

Incidentally at all the other 13 district headquarters, cabinet colleagues of Vijayan took the salute and at a few places ministers did speak about the ill effects of CAA.

Across the state, the day was celebrated by hoisting of the tricolour at various central government establishments, defence establishments, banks, private organisations and clubs.

  

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