The tug-of-war between the state governments of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and their respective governors is up for hearing in the Supreme Court on Monday. A Bench of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra will hear the pleas filed by the two state governments which have accused their governors of delay in giving assent to the Bills passed by the assemblies.
The Tamil Nadu Assembly, in a special sitting on Saturday, re-adopted the 10 Bills that Governor RN Ravi had sent back on November 13. The top court on November 10 had sought the Centre’s response on the plea filed by the Tamil Nadu government and termed the alleged delay as a matter of serious concern. Similarly, the Kerala government moved the top court alleging that the delay in giving assent by Governor Arif Mohammed Khan to Bills was “defeating the rights of the people”. The government claimed that the governor had delayed eight pieces of legislation.
Protest in Punjab
Meanwhile, 18 farm unions will stage protests outside the offices of deputy commissioner and sub-divisional magistrates in Punjab in response to the state government’s punitive action against farmers over stubble burning. The unions claim that the government has failed to address the issue of punitive action against stubble burning properly and that the action taken is unjustified.
Farmer unions have called on all farmers affected by the government’s action like filing of FIRs, red entries in passbooks and cancellation of passports to join the protest.
President Murmu to visit home
President Draupadi Murmu is in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district, where the district administration is going all out to ensure a smooth visit. On Saturday, an Indian Air Force chopper made a trial landing at Baripada Reserve Police fields. Murmu will visit her hometown of Rairangpur during her visit, which is the second one since assuming office. Murmu will also be the chief guest at the literary festival of the All India Santali Writers’ Association and will later inaugurate the new Eklavya Model Residential School at Mota.
— With PTI inputs