Published: Thu, November 16, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Governor Purohit plans pan-Tamil Nadu tour, triggers political storm

Governor Purohit plans pan-Tamil Nadu tour, triggers political storm

"If the governor is really interested in good administration in the state, he should order a floor test", Stalin added.

A senior leader from the opposition party, DMK, said, "This is clearly against federalism and the state's autonomy".

He strongly condemned the act of both the Centre and the Governor of competing with each other in usurping powers of a duly elected government in Tamil Nadu.

Leading the Opposition' charge in criticising the Governor's review meeting with officials of the Coimbatore district on Tuesday, Stalin termed Purohit's action as the next course of action of the BJP government to "snatch the rights of elected state governments", while rebel leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran said the review only confirmed that there was no Jayalalithaa dispensation in Tamil Nadu.

Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said there is no politics involved in the Governor's visit and the State's autonomy will be preserved at all costs. "The DMK has always believed that a governor's post is like a goat's beard, which is not required", Stalin said. "Tamilnadu Governor does not even have the limited powers which the Puducherry Governor has", he said.

The governor's meeting evoked comparison with neighbouring Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi who has earned the wrath of the ruling Congress government for interfering in its administration.

TNCC president S Thirunavukkarasar, VCK chief Thol Thirumavalavan, CPI (M) and CPI, too, are opposed to the Governor's action.

Amid a tussle for leadership in the ruling AIADMK party, the BJP government at the centre has been accused of manoeuvring political affairs in the state, after the death of former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa almost a year ago.

Recalling the days when he served the Haryana government in late 1960s and 1970s, Mr. Devesahayam says that the then Governor, B, N. Chakraborty, who was an officer of the Indian Civil Service during the British Raj, had reviewed the progress of development works. "The governor will only be an representative of the central government..."

The ruling AIADMK, however, said there was nothing wrong with the governor holding the meet. Any advice rendered by the Council of Ministers to the Governor can not even be "challenged" in a court of law. He questions the need for the Governor to come out with a statement that he would visit all districts and refers to Mr Raja's observations on corruption.

"Governor Banwarilal Purohit's review meeting with officials in Coimbatore is against the law and is the next course of action of the BJP government's move to snatch rights of elected state governments".

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