BJP using Governor Banwarilal Purohit to interfere in Tamil Nadu: Stalin, Dinakaran

The Centre is trying to rule the state through the Governor as the AIADMK government here is weak,” Stalin said in a statement.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Published: November 16, 2017 4:07 am
banwarilal purohit, tamil nadu governor, DMK MK Stalin, AIADMK, Dinakaran, BJP Banwarilal Purohit was former Assam governor. PTIBanwarilal Purohit

A day after Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit called a meeting of district and local officials in Coimbatore, the move came under heavy fire from DMK working president M K Stalin and AIADMK rebel leader T T V Dinakaran, who accused the BJP-led Central government of using the Governor’s office to try and interfere in administration of a state with a “weak elected government.”

The Congress, the CPI(M) and Dalit party VCK had criticised Purohit’s move on Tuesday.

Stalin, Leader of Opposition in Tamil Nadu Assembly, said that Governor Purohit does not have powers of Lieutenant Governors in Union Territories — such as in neighbouring Puducherry. “The Centre is trying to rule the state through the Governor as the AIADMK government here is weak,” he said in a statement.

Quoting Jawaharlal Nehru, Stalin pointed out that only an elected government is powerful in Parliamentary democracy. “Even B R Ambedkar said that the post of a Governor would be a ceremonial one. The Governor will only be an agent of the Central government,” he stated. Stalin said that the DMK considers the significance of a state Governor similar to that of a goat’s beard, a comparison first made by former Chief Minister C N Annadurai decades ago.

Stalin said that if Purohit, who assumed charge as Governor on October 6, is concerned about the state of governance in Tamil Nadu, he should ask the Edappadi Palaniwami government to prove its majority in the House.

Calling Purohit’s meeting with officials “clearly interfering” in the state government’s jurisdiction, Dinakaran tweeted, “Governor’s attempt to interfere in state governance indicates that it is the beginning of the end of an anti-people government run by CM Palaniswami…. The same administrative crisis that emerged in Delhi and Puducherry Union Territories due to Lt Governors’ interference in state affairs may repeat in Tamil Nadu too…. Looks like it is the agenda of BJP to derail constitutional rules to overpower the powers of elected governments in the state.”

Dinakaran said that this development also shows that Palaniswami’s AIADMK government has no stake in the values of late J Jayalalithaa, “who never allowed Governors to interfere in state administration, and always stood for the autonomy of the state”.

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    sujan
    Nov 16, 2017 at 9:15 am
    what wrong if any Governor discuss with officers about the various districts development agenda in ground level--nothing wrong in it. After all He is governor of state. If any state govt would dismiss Governor has power to rule that state. So, governor has every right to know in ground level whether all development activities has been implement in ground level or not--I can tell it is the important duty of governor of any state to do it with seriously.
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      Kaipulla
      Nov 16, 2017 at 12:35 pm
      What's wrong if Ram govind visits PMO and discuss with officials there to discuss on PM's work at ground level ? , Will BJP ask governors from its ruling states like UP MP to do such ground level analysis poking nose in state administration by passing its CM ? , then why do we have a elected govt. ? - Governor does not have any role in state administration than to sign files , preside over republic day celebrations , issuing degree certificates in university functions etc.
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        sanjay
        Dec 17, 2017 at 3:03 pm
        another islamist express reader with so much of ignorance.....his interest is not about the state but about his affiliation to anti nationals
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    2. Sankaran Krishnan
      Nov 16, 2017 at 7:46 am
      Stupid argument put forth by the Opposition Parties who are not able to do anything to topple the proxy rulers of TN and as per media report the Governor accompanies by the State Minister who holds the portfolio of Muni l Administration and along with District Collector and other Officials and what is wrong with that move and that too to clear the garbages and did they mean to say that it should not be cleaned from that place and can they point out what authority the Governor had shown or misused his authority ???
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        Kaipulla
        Nov 16, 2017 at 12:43 pm
        That's not the duty of a governor to accompany with a minister and discuss with district collector , this is analogous to president discusses with cabinet minister on files related to PMO. Garbage collection like photo shop is not required for governor to do , he can consult relevant authorities to care. Certainly it is a misuse of authority and governor and his party will face consequence if he keeps on poking his nose on state administration by keeping the ministers as puppet. Governor does'nt decide on his own , he has been clearly instructed from center to do so , which is seen as bad precedence . If required let BJP do such non sense in BJP ruling states like UP , MP ... TN never mandated BJP nor its sanghi representatives.
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          sanjay
          Dec 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm
          ur sounding like srilankan tamil
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