Tamil Nadu Governor in political storm over admin meet

Tamil Nadu Governor in political storm over admin meet

Chennai: Tamil Nadu's new governor Banwarilal Purohit raised a few eyebrows after meeting the Coimbatore district collector and other officials on Tuesday, with political leaders saying it is unusual for a governor to review the work of a state administration.

Puducherry Chief Minister Narayanswamy said the "disease" of Governor interfering in the work of elected government has spread to Tamilnadu as well.

A senior leader from the opposition party, DMK, said, "This is clearly against federalism and the state's autonomy. Looks like it is the agenda of BJP to derail constitutional rules to overpower the powers of elected governments in the state".

Quoting Dr BR Ambedkar, MK Stalin pointed out that the post of Governor is an ornamental one and he does not have the right to interfere in the state's administration.

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

In a series of tweets on his official Twitter page, Dhinakaran warned Tamil Nadu could be the next state to suffer due to "constant interference" from Governor after administration in union territories like Delhi and Puducherry have come to a standstill due to intervention by Lt Governors.

Purohit took charge as governor in October, taking over from Maharashtra governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao, who had additional charge of Tamil Nadu.

He further said if the Governor wanted to streamline the administration, then he should ask Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami to prove his majority in the Assembly.

Opposition parties Congress, Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM, and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) have criticized Tuesday's meeting.

"The discussions by Governor raises serious doubts whether Central Government intends to govern the state via Governor by sustaining a "Dummy" Government in this state", said MK Stalin.

Though there was nothing wrong in the Governor launching schemes or visiting places to see what is happening, Mr. Raajhaa suspects that Mr. Purohit's actions were a prelude to the execution of the BJP's slogan of "one nation, one language, one government". "Even the Ministers have welcomed the move of the Governor", she added.

"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".

Referring to Purohit's remarks that he would visit all the districts of the state, the minister said he would welcome it.