The Kerala High Court on Tuesday said that it had no objection to the protest planned by the ruling Left Democratic Front government against the Kerala Governor but reiterated its previous ruling that government employees have no right to participate in strikes [K Surendran v State of Kerala & Anr.]..A division bench consisting of Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chaly was considering a plea moved by President of the Kerala wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), K Surendran, alleging that the State is forcing government employees to participate in a protest march and demonstration scheduled to take place today, before the Kerala Governor's residence.Though the Court refused to pass any directions against the march, it asked the Chief Secretary to the Government to consider the representation submitted by Surendran in a timely fashion and take any action if necessary.The protests by LDF government comes amidst the tussle between the State government and Governor Arif Mohammed Khan.The bench orally asked Surendran's counsel if there was any evidence that government employees were being forced to participate in the protests.Upon the counsel's submission in the negative, the bench said that it had no objection to the protest march. It further said that the Court can only reiterate its previous orders prohibiting government employees from participating in strikes..According to Surendran, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) led ruling front has been engaged in a mass campaign to ensure maximum participation in the protest.He has claimed that the LDF has given directions to its allied organisations to make sure that all their members participate in the march and dharna. Beneficiaries of the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005, are also being encouraged to participate, he further alleged..In the plea moved through advocate Vishnu Pradeep, he has pointed out that the Kerala High Court has already categorically held that Government servants have no right to participate in strikes.Further, it is the duty of the government of a welfare state to protect the interests of its citizens and to not slow down government work, it has been contended."No government servant can be permitted or compelled to take part in a protests against the Hon'ble Governor who is the highest Constitutional functionary and Constitutional Head of the State," the plea said.