Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.


Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence


Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
News18 English
News18 » Politics
1-min read

Restart Discussion on Guv's Relevance; Centre Should Clarify Army Chief's Statement: Sitaram Yechury

Sitaram Yechury described as 'outrageous' the disclosure of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen Bipin Rawat that de-radicalisation camps were operating in the country.

Neethu Reghukumar | CNN-News18

Updated:January 19, 2020, 7:02 PM IST
facebookTwitter Pocket whatsapp
Restart Discussion on Guv's Relevance; Centre Should Clarify Army Chief's Statement: Sitaram Yechury
File photo of CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury.

Thiruvananthapuram: Amid the ongoing war of words between the state government and Kerala governor Arif Mohammad Khan, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said that discussion on whether the post of the governor is relevant in India today should be started again.

The Governor and the state government have been at loggerheads since Khan supported the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which has been opposed vociferously by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPIM) government.

Yechury said, “Everyday the Kerala governor is making a new public statement. I am requesting him to once again read the Constitution. This is why the role of the governor in various states is coming under serious question."

The CPI(M) leader added that in British India, regents appointed in princely states held the governor's post. “We are not subjects of the central government. This post is superfluous and we should now restart the discussion on whether the governor are required in a set up in this country." Yechury said.

While speaking to media in Thiruvananthapuram after a three-day central committee meeting of CPI(M), he said that the Governor's role is that of a representative of the country’s President in a state, and is a legacy of colonial rule.

“The (governor’s) only role is to submit a report to the central government when they want to dismiss the government. That is a right that should not be there,” said Yechury.

He also said that the committee discussed the outrageous statement made by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat on the need for "de-radicalisation" camps for Muslim youth, particularly in Kashmir.

Describing the statement as "outrageous", he said, "Army commanders are entering domestic politics. This is unprecedented. What is shocking is that already such camps are existing.”

He demanded that the central government clarify its stand on the Army chief’s statement.

"We are asking the Modi government to come clean and say whether these camps are existing. This is something completely unexpected.”

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.

Read full article
Next Story
Next Story

facebookTwitter Pocket whatsapp

Live TV

Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results