Chhattisgarh governor Anusuiya Uikey on Thursday said that she will consult the President and University Grants Commission (UGC) after three senior ministers of the state’s Congress government met her urging to clear bills that curtails her powers to make appointments in the universities in the state.
On March 26, the Chhattisgarh legislative assembly passed five amendment bills curtailing her powers, a few weeks after Uikey appointed Baldev Bhai Sharma as vice-chancellor of Kushabhau Thakre University and re-appointed Vans Gopal Singh as vice-chancellor of Pandit Sundarlal Sharma Open University in Bilaspur.
Sharma was editor of RSS’ mouthpiece ‘Panchjanya’ and was also a biographer of former Sangh sarsanghchalak KS Sudarashan and Singh is considered close to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Chhattisgarh forest minister Mohammad Akbar, Agriculture Minister Ravindra Chaubey and higher education minister Umesh Patel met the Governor for seeking her views on the amendment bills that increases state government’s oversight over the state universities and ‘reduces’ the governor’s role.
“We came here for discussion over amendment bills of state universities which were passed in the last assembly and were pending with the governor… We urged the governor for approval of the bills pending with her,” said Chaubey while speaking to media persons.
“The amendment bill has been passed by legislative assembly and is pending for approval with the governor. She (the Governor) had s