DMK comes down heavily on Governor Ravi for his ‘propaganda’ against social justice

Ever since Ravi assumed office as Governor, the daily said, the kind of trouble he has been causing to the DMK regime is not small.

BySouth First Desk

Published Nov 14, 2023 | 6:42 PMUpdatedNov 14, 2023 | 6:42 PM

Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi with Chief Minister MK Stalin

Escalating the tussle between the Tamil Nadu government and the state Governor, the ruling DMK’s official organ Murasoli on Tuesday, 14 November, alleged that Governor RN Ravi’s speeches in public were an attempt to position himself as a guard of Sanatana Dharma.

Such speeches of Governor Ravi on ideological lines are only “propaganda” against social justice, the Tamil daily alleged.

In an editorial that explained the background to the DMK regime recently approaching the Supreme Court accusing the Raj Bhavan of sitting on Bills passed by the Assembly, Murasoli said the apex court has done some tough talking in the matter related to Governors.

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‘Ravi troubling DMK’

Ever since Ravi assumed office as Governor, the daily said, the kind of trouble he has been causing to the DMK regime is not inconsiderable.

The write-up, among other things, underlined the 12 pending Bills, four official orders, and a file related to the premature release of 54 prisoners that are hanging fire because the Governor has not given them his nod.

Murasoli said that speeches made by Ravi in public deserve to be dismissed as “gibberish”, and said it was his attempt to position himself as a “philosophical scholar” and a guard of Sanatana Dharma, as well as its guide.

At its core his speeches amount to “propaganda” against social justice, the DMK newspaper contended.

Such attempts at propaganda by communal elements have failed in Tamil Nadu in the past, and the same old rejected ideology against social justice is now being disseminated through Ravi, the publication added.

Since it is the Governor who is making such ideological remarks, the ruling party is forced to respond, it said.

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Supreme Court order

Describing as a matter of “serious concern” the Governor sitting on Bills passed by the state legislature, the Supreme Court on 10 November, issued notice to the Union government to make clear its position on the inaction.

Pointing to the sanction pending on the appointment of the chairman and members of the TNPSC, the Tamil Nadu government, in its petition, submitted that due to this the commission’s functions were stalled.

“The Governor by not signing remission orders, day-to-day files, appointment orders, approving recruitment orders, granting approval to prosecute Ministers, MLAs involved in corruption including transfer of investigation to CBI by Supreme Court, Bills passed by Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly is bringing the entire administration to a grinding halt,” the petition stated.

“The Governor is creating an adversarial attitude by not cooperating with the state administration,” added the petition.

The petition stated that the Governor, who was appointed by the Union Government in line with the Constitution, had positioned himself as a political rival to the legitimately elected state government.

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‘Governor obstructing Legislative Assembly’

It added that the Governor has been hindering and obstructing the Legislative Assembly’s ability to carry out its legislative duties by unjustly and excessively delaying the consideration of bills that the Assembly has passed.

The Tamil Nadu government submitted that the Governor is toying with the citizen’s mandate by not acting upon his Constitutional functions.

The Tamil Nadu government had also approached the Supreme Court against the Governor over his appointments in the “search-cum-selection” committee for the appointments of vice-chancellors (VCs) to three state universities.

Claiming that the Governor was “engaging in politically-motivated conduct”, the DMK government approached the Supreme Court on 31 October seeking a direction to the Raj Bhavan to dispose of the pending bills (passed in the state Assembly), government orders (GOs), and prosecution sanctions within a stipulated time period.

The notifications constituted three search-cum-selection committees to recommend three names each for the posts of VC for the University of Madras, Bharathiar University (BU), and the Tamil Nadu Teachers’ Education University (TNTEU).

(With PTI inputs)