The beleaguering relationship between Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi and Chief Minister MK Stalin has been taking new turns in recent times and amid the staunch campaign against the Governor, accusing him of violating the constitution and urging the Centre to recall him from the state, MK Stalin has on Saturday- January 14 staged a direct hit against RN Ravi and his speech has been going viral.
MK Stalin has attended the event of inaugurating the Dravidian Model Workshop for DMK's youth wing members that was held on Saturday. While speaking at the event, Stalin recalled the party's contributions on naming the state as Tamil Nadu and slammed the Governor for his move of terming the state as 'Tamilagam'. Quoting the recent events that put Governor in controversy, Stalin referred Ravi as 'one guy' who is groaning against calling the state as Tamil Nadu.
Stalin reminiscied how DMK stalwart and former Chief Minister CN Annadurai attended Tamil Nadu's naming ceremony despite not doing well. Stalin quoted Annadurai as saying, "My family members, senior party leaders, and doctors advised me to not attend this event. But what's the point of being alive if I cannot attend the event where Tamil Nadu is getting the name of Tamil Nadu."
Stalin further said, "Today, one guy (Governor Ravi) is groaning against calling the state as Tamil Nadu. No more advertisement for him." Stalin's speech had a rousing applause from the audience. "The reason why I am saying these is that these are history that the youth wing members must know", Stalin added. His speech has been getting shared rampantly by the DMK members as it has become yet another direct attack from Stalin on the Governor in days time.
Stalin's speech against the Governor has come days after RN Ravi courted a controversy by stating that Tamil Nadu should be called Tamilagam. Addressing an event at Raj Bhavan recently, Governor RN Ravi said, "Unfortunately, in Tamil Nadu, there has been regressive politics, that we are Dravidian and we have nothing to do with this (Bharat)." By citing that Tamil Nadu is the soul, an idea, and an identity of the nation, Governor Ravi went on to say that it is correct to say 'Tamilagam' instead of 'Tamil Nadu', as Nadu represents an autonomous region while the state is a part of India. Ravi claimed that for over 50 years, efforts have been made to reinforce the narrative that Tamil Nadu is not an integral part of India.
His speech has sparked a social media trend #TamilNadu and it had attracted a barrage of tweets against the Governor. While the DMK criticized the Governor of dwelling on topics like Sanatana Dharma, Aryan, and Dravidian concepts and acting like a BJP politician, Governor Ravi caught into outrage for the second time by calling him as "Tamilaga Aalunar (Governor of Tamilagam)". Earlier this Tuesday, Governor's office Raj Bhavan has issued an invitation to take in the Pongal festival in which he called as Tamilaga Aalunar.
While the previous invitations from Raj Bhavan mentioned 'Tamil Nadu Aalunar (Governor of Tamil Nadu)', the latest one twisted the title in a fashion of how Governor Ravi wished to call the state. Moreover, the invite has carried the Indian national emblem instead of Tamil Nadu government's emblem. Sharing the invite, Madurai MP Su Venkatesan said that an invitation sent by Raj Bhavan for 'Chithirai Thiruvizha' last year said 'Tamil Nadu Governor' and now, it has been changed and said that RN Ravi should be removed from the state.