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Kerala Guv skips text critical of Centre in policy address

Kerala Guv skips text critical of Centre in policy address
Thiruvananthapuram: The policy address of the LDF government in Kerala by Governor P Sathasivam on Monday at the start of the Assembly session saw him skipping portions critical of the BJP government at the centre.
In the printed copy of his address, prepared by the state government and distributed to legislators and media, there was a reference to the alleged tendency of the central government to "roughshod" the traditions of cooperative federalism by bypassing the state government.
However, this portion was not read out by the Governor during his speech.
"We are also perturbed by the tendency of the central government to roughshod the best traditions of co-operative federalism by bypassing the State Government and directly dealing with the district authorities and local bodies," the text said.
The Governor also omitted the reference about the "plotting" by some communal outfits in triggering riots in the southern state.
"Kerala has once again been identified as first in the country in maintenance of law and order and top the country in the ranking of quality of life. There has not been any instance of communal riot in our state despite the plotting by certain communal outfits," the copy of the speech said.
When contacted, the Chief Minister's Office said that they were not keen on making any comment on this issue.
"We usually do not make any comment on the Governor's policy address," the official sources said.
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