Chandigarh, October 20
Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann on Thursday shared on social media a letter sent to Governor Banwarilal Purohit alleging interference in the functioning of his government, two days after he was told to remove the newly appointed vice-chancellor of the Punjab Agricultural University.
Order via PAU VC
- Governor asks CM to remove PAU VC Dr Satbir Singh Ghosal, calling election illegal
- CM Mann writes back, accuses of interference in the functioning of the government
- Shares letter on Twitter; The Gov’s office objects, a text different from the official letter said
However, the governor’s office denies that they received the same. The letter shared by the CM is said to be different from the one received. He objected to the letter being circulated on social media even before it reached the governor.
The letter received by the governor is in English and has no political nuance unlike the Punjabi letter on social media. “I met you a few times and found you to be a good person. Who is asking you for such unconstitutional things? Those who make you do such wrong things do not wish Punjab well. Let the duly elected government in Punjab perform its duties,” the one-page letter said in Punjabi. But the letter reportedly received by the governor is five pages long. Polite in tone, he mentions the technical and constitutional provisions for appointments. “…Our government was elected with a lot of hope. I work day and night to fulfill people’s expectations. It is humbly requested that you reconsider the remarks made by you in the semi-official letter,” it said.
On October 18, the Governor wrote to the CM, saying that the appointment of PAU VC Dr Satbir Singh Ghosal was illegal as it was not done as per the norms laid down by the UGC. The AAP government, however, maintained that the VC was appointed by the PAU Board of Directors under the Haryana and Punjab Agricultural Universities Act, 1970, and no approval was required from the governor, who is the chancellor of the university.
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