Kerala government has lashed out at Governor Arif Mohammad Khan for turning down its recommendation to hold a special assembly session to discuss the new farm laws and the issues pertaining to it.

In a letter to Governor Arif Mohammad Khan, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the former can't exercise his discretionary powers when the assembly session has been proposed to discuss an emergent issue of public interest concerning the state.

"It is regrettable that a recommendation coming from an elected government, enjoying a clear majority in the legislative assembly, for discussing an emergent issue of national importance, has not been acceded to by the Governor, especially when the power to summon a session of the assembly clearly falls outside the discretionary powers of the Governor," Pinarayi Vijayan said in his letter.

Street protests against farm laws

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan launched an anti-farm laws agitation at a protest venue in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.

Addressing the protesters, the chief minister said, "Our country has witnessed many historic protests, of which main protests were organised by farmers. Even in Kerala, many such protests have taken place. One of the strongest farmers protests is going on in India right now. Farmers are 'annadata'. The present government at the Centre does not respect them."