Ranchi: Jharkhand Governor C P Radhakrishnan has said that the Constitution of the country cannot run on the mercy of state governments. On the question of conflict between the state governments and the governor, Governor C P Radhakrishnan said that there is a red line of powers and no one should cross it. "I believe that the state governments will not run at the mercy of the governor, but I would also like to add that the constitution of the country will not run at the mercy of the state governments. If the state government crosses the red line, then the governor will have to take steps."
In fact, Governor CP Radhakrishnan, in a discussion with the media, spoke candidly on the withdrawal of the reservation bill brought by the Hemant Soren government, his opinion on the mining lease case involving Chief Minister Hemant and possible conflicts between the two. "I have completed three months in office as the 11th Governor of Jharkhand, but there is not a single instance when I have received any direction from the Centre. He said that as far as the equation of work between Raj Bhavan and the state government is concerned, no one should cross the Lakshman Rekha. He said that there is a clear division of powers between the Governor and the state governments in the Constitution. No one should encroach here."
Recently, the Supreme Court ruled on the transfer-posting of officers in Delhi and said that the state governments should not be at the mercy of the Governor. Commenting on this, the Governor said that the Constitution will also not run at the mercy of the state governments. On the allegations of interference in policy matters by the coalition government of Jharkhand, the Governor said that this is completely false. Justifying the decision to return the reservation bill, CP Radhakrishnan said that we have to see whether whatever law is being made meets the test of the Constitution or not. He said that in the reservation bill, the total reservation in the state has been increased to 77 percent, while its limit is only up to 50 percent. The Attorney General's opinion has been sought by the Raj Bhavan on the issue. The bill has been returned only on his suggestion. If he (Hemant Sarkar) does not find our decision right, then he himself should take a second opinion from the Attorney General and amend the bill accordingly. However, I have not yet heard the state government's side.
Asked if the Raj Bhavan did not take any decision on the Election Commission's envelope in the mining lease case involving Chief Minister Hemant Soren, Radhakrishnan said, "Development of the state is my first priority." As far as the Election Commission is concerned, I have not yet looked into that issue. I will take a decision at an appropriate time. Asked about the delay due to legal opinion sought by the previous governor, the governor said, "I don't think there has been any unusual delay. I have not yet seen what legal opinion has been taken in this matter. I will take a decision at the right time. He said that Raj Bhavan has an important role in governance. I will give feedback wherever required by the state government. There is no point of confrontation."