Gov­er­nor’s re­view meet­ings go against State au­ton­omy: Stalin

‘He is try­ing to ac­quire the pow­ers of an elected gov­ern­ment’

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

DMK work­ing pres­i­dent M.K. Stalin on Thurs­day con­demned Tamil Nadu Gov­er­nor Ban­war­i­lal Puro­hit’s re­view meet­ings in Tirunelveli and Kan­niyaku­mari dis­tricts, say­ing they were at odds with the prin­ci­ples of State au­ton­omy.

“The law does not give the rights or author­ity to ap­pointed Gov­er­nors to con­duct re­view of Cen­tral or State schemes. The Gov­er­nor’s act of con­duct­ing re­view on a con­stant ba­sis im­plies that he is try­ing to ac­quire the pow­ers of an elected gov­ern­ment through [the] Raj Bhavan. Such an act also raises doubts whether the Gov­er­nor has lost faith in democ­racy,” Mr. Stalin said in a state­ment.

“The Gov­er­nor con­duct­ing re­view meet­ings in var­i­ous dis­tricts raises doubts whether he un­der­stands his lim­its and whether he is act­ing as per the in­struc­tions of the BJP gov­ern­ment [at the Cen­tre],” Mr. Stalin said.

The Op­po­si­tion leader al­leged that the Gov­er­nor had failed in his main duty of ask­ing the rul­ing party to prove its ma­jor­ity in the House and ques­tioned how, in such a sce­nario, could his act of con­duct­ing re­view meet­ings as if he were an elected Chief Min­is­ter be con­sid­ered pro-peo­ple.

Mr. Stalin said the Gov­er­nor should im­me­di­ately call Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K. Palaniswami and ask him to prove his ma­jor­ity in the As­sem­bly.

He ac­cused Mr. Palaniswami of danc­ing to the tune of the Cen­tre by not ob­ject­ing to the ac­tions of the Gov­er­nor. He also al­leged that the Gov­er­nor’s re­view meet­ing in Kan­niyaku­mari had come in the way of re­lief mea­sures in the cy­clone-hit dis­trict.

M.K. Stalin

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