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PRISM appeals president to remove Mizoram governor

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PRISM appeals president to remove Mizoram governor

Aizawl, June 11 (zoramobserver.com): The Peoples Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM), as newly floated political party on Monday wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind, imploring him to remove Mizoram governor Kummanam Rajasekharan on the ground that he is patently unqualified to discharge office of the governor because of his political background and his strong anti-secular views.

In a letter addressed to the President, the anti-corruption watchdog turned political party said while  Rajasekharan fully satisfies the requirement for the appointment as a governor under article 157 of the constitution, PRISM party is deeply concerned that the nature of his appointment and his documented history are in clear contradiction to the spirit and letter of the constitution he has sworn to uphold.

During 4-9 June, PRISM had launched signature campaign for removal of the governor and got the support of 53,167 people.

PRISM said that as Mizoram is going to poll this year end, the party is highly suspicious of the political nature of the appointment of Kummanam Rajasekharan as the governor of Mizoram.

“Our governor was an active politician and the president of the BJP in Kerala until just a week before he was sworn in as governor. The country has seen the partisan nature of governors with biased political views play out in the state Legislatures and we believe that there are grounds for concern that a highly politically active person like Rajasekharan as governor will not be acting in the interest of the people of Mizoram with objectivity,” PRISM said, adding that it believes that there may be a pre plan to sabotage free and fair election in the coming assembly election.

Basing various media reports, PRISM also alleged that the governor is an ant-secular person with a deep disregard for the rule of law and the constitution.

It alleged that Rajasekharan, being a Hindu rightwing activist, his strong and biased involvement in the 1983 Nillakal Hindu-Christian dispute clearly demonstrated a willingness to engage in religious antagonism rather than finding ways for a peaceful co-existence.

“Even after 28 years, Rajasekharan considered the building of the church at Nillakal, approved by the state government, a “symbol of government-sponsored communalism” in India when interviewed by UCA news on Jan 30, 2011,” PRISM alleged.

PRISM also alleged that Rajasekharan, who was the VHP Organising Secretary at time American preacher Joseph Cooper was savagely attacked and injured by suspected RSS activists in 2013, showed his deep disregard for the rule of law and the constitutional protection of a person’s basic human rights when he actually called for the arrest of not the thugs but Cooper.

PRISM further alleged that Rajasekharan violated freedom of religion when he asked Kerala governor to take action against Jiji Thompson, the then chief secretary of Kerala for his speech at Bicentenary Celebration of the theological seminary of Malankara Orthodox Church in 2015 exhorting the church to reconsider the mission of the church as commanded by Jesus Christ in the Bible, which Rajasekharan alleged, was “unpardonable” offence.

Stating that it is very dangerous to have a person in the position of a governor with lack of understanding of the constitution with regard to freedom of religion and that a person actively involved in politics, PRISM said Rajasekharan is not fit to hold the office of governor and asked the president to exercise power under article 156 for his removal.

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Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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