Tamil Nadu Assembly, on Monday, had a clue to the ongoing feud between Governor R N Ravi and the ruling DMK when Ravi walked out of the Assembly in a huff while Chief Minister M K Stalin was addressing the House.
The governor’s move came in the wake of DMK allies, the VCK, the Left parties, and the Congress, shouting slogans against the recent comments made by the governor and ‘Long Live Tamil Nadu’ and ‘Aaalunare Veliyeru’
CM Stalin also moved a resolution urging Speaker M Appavu to relax Rule 17 and retain the speech prepared by the state government as part of the governor’s customary address.
While Stalin was delivering his speech, Governor Ravi walked out of the Assembly before its proceedings concluded. In his speech, Stalin underlined that even after the governor’s activities were against the principles of the Dravidian Model of governance since they are representing the government, they respected the Assembly’s regulations and didn’t demonstrate any dissent while Ravi was giving his speech.
“With utmost dignity, we maintained respect to the Governor who was delivering his speech under the Constitution,” Stalin remarked. He further added that the governor acted not just against the Dravidian principles but also against the government and didn’t read the speech that was prepared by the government and approved by him. “It’s not just saddening, it is against the traditions of the assembly,” Stalin mentioned.
Ravi’s inaugural speech had about 67 points that were put forward in both English and Tamil. However, the ruling government claimed that while delivering his speech, the governor skipped portions that spoke about the management of law and order in the state, ideals of social justice, self-respect, inclusive growth, women empowerment, etc., and also skipped talking about the principles and ideals of Dravidian leaders.
Before Ravi could begin his speech,(Walkout, Governor). PMK MLAs also staged a walkout condemning the delay by the governor in providing assent to the Online Gambling and Regulation of Online Games Bill, 2022, passed by the government.
Legislators of the ruling DMK and its allies, the Congress and the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) started raising slogans against the Governor for his recent remarks that ‘Tamizhagam’ rather than ‘Tamil Nadu would be a more appropriate name for the State and staged a walkout from the assembly. DMK MLAs also raised slogans against the Governor, saying “don’t impose BJP, RSS ideology.”
BJP MLA Vanathi Srinivasan condemned the behavior of the legislators.