Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan was granted Z security cover by the Union Home Ministry on Saturday, following an incident where he staged an impromptu sit-in protest against student activists who showed black flags to his motorcade.
The Governor blamed Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for “lawlessness” in the state, alleging that police allowed protesters to hit his car during the incident.
“I don’t have any problem if somebody shows the back flag from a distance. But I will get down if somebody gets near my car,” the Governor said. He questioned why security officials didn’t intervene and accused Vijayan of promoting lawlessness.
In a press conference, Vijayan termed the CRPF security for the Governor “strange” and claimed Khan stepping out of the vehicle was against security protocols.
He further criticized the Governor’s recent actions and statements, accusing him of taking a stand “contrary to democratic principles.”
The Union Home Ministry’s decision to grant Z security to Khan comes amid escalating tensions between the Governor and the Chief Minister. The CRPF will take over the Governor’s security, replacing the state category cover he previously received.
The incident highlights the ongoing political friction between Governor Khan and Chief Minister Vijayan. Tensions have been simmering for some time, fueled by differences on various issues. The Governor’s impromptu protest and subsequent security upgrade have further amplified the conflict.