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Tamil Nadu Governor R N Ravi, who is in the thick of a controversy over his ‘inaction’ relating to several Bills passed by the DMK government and against whom several political activists threw black-flags towards his convoy in Mayiladuthurai on April 19, left for New Delhi on April 20, apparently to seek the Union government’s guidance on how to deal with the issue of rising protests by the DMK and its allies against the Governor in the State.

A fresh round of confrontation between the Raj Bhavan and the state government has followed the Tuesday incident, though the state police has denied that black-flags fell on the cars which formed part of the Governor’s convoy. The police have said that some protesters had been arrested. The Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to the Governor had lodged a complaint with the State DGP over what he called breach of security during the black-flag protest in Mayiladuthurai.

Governor’s ADC complains to GDP: “The action of the aggressive crowd was intended to overawe the Governor in the discharge of his responsibilities.”

State BJP chief K Annamalai has complained of deterioration of law and order situation in the State and wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah urging him to look into the situation and take appropriate action. BJP ally, the AIADMK, joined hands with the BJP in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on April 20 to condemn what it called failure of the state government to provide proper security to the Governor. They later staged a walk-out from the House.

 

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin, making a statement in the Assembly, denied that black-flags had landed on the convoy, and said not a speck of dust landed on the convoy. He reiterated that utmost security was being provided to the Governor, and that there had been no lapse in security, nor would there be in future too. Police had taken action against a section of the protesters, and firm action was being taken by the government, even while a black-flag demonstration had been allowed in a democratic manner.

The State police said 73 persons had been detained in connection with the incident of some persons throwing black-flags after the Governor’s convoy had passed the spot.

The Governor’s ADC, however, took a different view and said in his complaint that “the action of the aggressive crowd was intended to overawe the Governor in the discharge of his responsibilities.”

Protests against Governor Ravi have intensified, with chief minister M K Stalin too informing the Assembly that it has been 210 days since the bill had been sent to the governor where the file was lying unattended.

The protesters from various outfits — including the Dravidar Kazhagam, and DMK allies like the Left parties and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), and the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) — had gathered on Mayiladuthurai-Tharangambadi road. Despite heavy police deployment, the protesters raised slogans like “go back governor” and “go back Ravi’’.

Protests against Governor Ravi have intensified, with chief minister M K Stalin too informing the Assembly that it has been 210 days since the bill had been sent to the governor where the file was lying unattended.

Leading newspapers have also published articles questioning the delay and the inaction on the part of the Governor at the behest of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, indicating non-cooperation of the Union government with States ruled by non-BJP parties.

Already, issues of confrontation have been seen in Telangana, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Kerala, Puducherry, and so on. Some parties like the DMK have also demanded removal or resignation of these Governors.

(Read a counter view written earlier here)


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