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Updated on: Sunday, December 29, 2019, 08:45 AM IST

Watch: Kerala Governor faces protests at Kannur University over CAA

Photo Credit: Kerala Governor/Twitter

Photo Credit: Kerala Governor/Twitter

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On Saturday, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan faced unprecedented protests from some delegates during his speech at the Indian History Congress.

A video of the incident is doing rounds on social media in which it can be seen that some delegates protested after the governor spoke about the anti CAA agitations in various parts of the country. Kerala Governor can be heard saying that "You have every right to protest. But you cannot shout me down". He also said, "when you shut the door for debate and discussion, you are promoting violence."

The incident took place during inauguration of 80th Indian History Congress at Kannur University, when Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan was delivering the inaugural address. The protestors raised placards against the Citizenship Amendment Act and also shouted slogans.

This led to more commotion inside the auditorium. Police removed those who were protesting outside the auditorium. Later, Governor summoned the university Vice-Chancellor Gopinath Raveendran to Kannur guest house. He asked him to carry complete CCTV footage of the event.

"Inaugural meet of Indian History Congress does not raise controversies. But at 80th session at Kannur University, Irfan Habib raised some points on CAA. But, when Governor addressed these points, Habib rose from seat to physically stop him, as clear from video," read a post on the official twitter handle of Kerala Governor.

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In another post it stated that Habib tried on stage to disrupt inaugural address questioning Governor's right to quote Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad and shouted that he should quote Nathuram Godse.

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"He pushed Governor's ADC and Security Officer, who prevented his unseemly gesture. Governor said that he had responded to points raised by previous speakers, as a person duty-bound to defend and protect the Constitution. But trying to disrupt speech from stage and audience due to intolerance towards different opinion is undemocratic ," it added.

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Published on: Sunday, December 29, 2019, 08:45 AM IST
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