Chandigarh, October 11

Amid a “rift” between Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit and the Bhagwant Mann-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, the former on Tuesday refused to clear the appointment of cardiologist Gurpreet Vander as vice-chancellor of the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, saying the Govt. broke the rules by recommending only one name.

The governor, who is the chancellor of the university, returned the file asking the government to send a committee of three candidates for the selection of the post.

It is interesting that the Chief Minister has already announced the appointment of the famous cardiologist Vander as the next Vice Chancellor.

The post fell vacant after one of the country’s top orthopedic surgeons Raj Bahadur resigned citing humiliation by state health minister Chetan Singh Jhuramaira during his visit to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital in Faridkot.

The minister was caught in a row when he asked Bahadur to lie on the bed of a “dirty” patient during a visit. The video of the minister “forcefully asking the vice-chancellor to lie down on the bed” has gone viral on social networks.

The minister is heard talking “rudely” to the vice-chancellor about the filth in the medical faculty.

The move to reject the appointment of the vice-chancellor comes just two days after the governor took strong exception to Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s absence at a civic reception organized by him to mark President Draupadi Murmu’s visit.

Reminding the Chief Minister of the constitutional obligations to be fulfilled on such an occasion, the Governor, amid the presence of President Draupadi Murmu, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and his Haryana counterpart Bandaru Dattatreya, publicly said from the stage, “I personally called him (the chief minister), but he apparently did not come due to some compulsion.” “Whatever the coercion is, Constitutional obligations are more important and must be fulfilled on such an occasion. Chief Minister Mann was on a political tour of poll-bound Gujarat on Saturday along with AAP national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Mann was also conspicuously absent at the 90th Indian Air Force Air Show at Sukhna Lake here that day.

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