Tamil Nadu Governor should abide by Cabinet directions on various matters, MK Stalin tells President

Detailing the developments where Governor deviated from the government-prepared address, Stalin told her this was against the traditions.


Published Jan 13, 2023 | 12:32 PMUpdated Jan 13, 2023 | 12:32 PM

Tamil Nadu Governor should abide by Cabinet directions on various matters, MK Stalin tells President

Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi was engaged in a “political-ideological conflict” with the state government, and he should be advised against doing so and asked to abide by Cabinet directions on various matters, Chief Minister MK Stalin has urged President Droupadi Murmu.

A state government release in Chennai mentioned the key points highlighted by the chief minister to the President in the letter, which was handed by a Law Minister S Regupathy-led delegation to her in New Delhi on Thursday, 12 January.

Detailing the developments of 9 January where the Governor deviated from the government-prepared address of his to the state Assembly, Stalin told her this was against the traditions of the House.

The release further said that while Stalin informed Murmu that the office of the Governor was a “high one” and all accorded due respect to that, the person in the gubernatorial post should be above politics.

“But Governor Ravi is maintaining a politically ideological conflict with the Tamil Nadu government which is completely contradictory to our Constitution,” the statement in Tamil quoted him as saying.

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‘Governor opposed to Tamil Culture’

He was opposed to the culture, literature and equitable politics of Tamil people and could not accept concepts like Dravidian policies, equality, social justice and rational thinking being followed in Tamil Nadu, Stalin said.

Ravi was speaking against Tamil culture, literature and social system in public fora and the 9 January incident was an extension of this, he alleged.

Article 163 (1) of the Constitution says the Governor should abide by the recommendations of the council of ministers.

He had no right to deviate from the speech prepared by the government for his address, Stalin said, adding the parts he skipped were the names of late stalwarts Dr BR Ambedkar, EVR Periyar, CN Annadurai and M Karunanidhi and terms including social justice, self-respect and Dravidian model of governance.

A man in such a constitutional post doing so and disrespecting was ‘regrettable’ and the chief minister had to, therefore, bring in a resolution against the deviations, the letter read.

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Stalin urged the President to uphold federalism and protect the ethos of the Constitution, the release said, adding he also flagged Ravi’s pending assent for various Assembly bills which affected governance.

Tamil Nadu was a state that welcomed all and practised unity in diversity, but Ravi was speaking against these.

“The chief minister has requested the President to intervene in the matter and direct Ravi to act according to cabinet recommendations, as mandated by the Constitution, enabling good governance for the public,” it said.

Further, Stalin requested her to advise Ravi not to maintain an “ideologically conflicting stand”.

The letter was written to the President with the intention to ensure cordial relations between important institutions in the democracy and they being able to perform their functions, the release quoted Stalin as telling Murmu.

He also hoped for a positive outcome as a result of her efforts.

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