'#GetOutRavi': How the rampant posters in Chennai are turning heads?

The rampant trend on social media in Tamil Nadu has come to the streets as the posters urging Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi have caught the eyes across and beyond Chennai. It all started with the Governor's conduct of skipping key points in the state government's printed dossier in his customary address on the first day of the ongoing assembly session on Monday - January 9. 

As his action stirred public outrage and protests, it also sparked a social media trend 'Get Out Ravi', urging the Governor to step down from the post. The hashtag #GetOutRavi has been trending nationwide on social media and now, the rampant posters with the hashtag are trending and have turned heads. The posters '#GetOutRavi have been glued on the walls adjacent to important roads in Chennai.

According to reports, the posters were seen on the walls of Semmozhi Poonga near Mount Road and at Anna Arivalayam, the DMK headquarters in Chennai. The poster read 'Twitter No 1 trending, #GetOutRavi' and carried the photos of Chief Minister MK Stalin, his son and newly sworn-in minister Udhayanidhi Stalin, with the DMK flag, and DMK MP of Central Chennai, Dayanidhi Maran. 

DMK Poster
Poster protest: DMK's posters against Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi in Chennai - Jan 10, 2023


The posters were pasted by Sitrarasu, DMK's west Chennai secretary and thanked the people who joined the trend 'Get Out Ravi' and making it to the top of the trending chart. The posters are also getting shared virally on social media amid intensifying protest against Governor RN Ravi. The already-deteriorating ties between the Governor and the ruling DMK government hit a new low after the Governor walked out from the assembly when Chief Minister MK Stalin brought a prompt resolution against him for omitting key points in the dossier.

From skipping certain parts of the printed speech, making new additions to walking out from the assembly before playing the National Anthem, Ravi had left a lot of reasons and historical moves why he has been at the centre of the protest. It was the first time that a Governor in Tamil Nadu had skipped parts of the speech and walked out of the assembly. Throwing a condemnation for violating the assembly's tradition, Chief Minister MK Stalin brought a resolution against Governor's conduct and to remove the additions he made.

As the Governor has already been accused of acting on the behest of the BJP, the controversial event in the assembly on Monday had sparked protests across the state. Besides DMK, several parties including PMK, Naam Tamilar, and Kamal Haasan's Makkal Needhi Maiam slammed the Governor and amid the growing dissent, DMK's allied parties Vidhuthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) and Communist Party of India (Marxist) have announced that they would lay siege to Raj Bhavan demanding the Governor's resignation. 

VCK Chief Thol Thirumavalavan issued a statement on Twitter in which he said that the party would stage a demonstration to siege Raj Bhavan on January 13, demanding his resignation. Sharing the dissent against the Governor, Thirumavalavan said that Governor RN Ravi has omitted certain portions in the speech including the names of leaders like Ambedkar, Periyar, Anna, and Kalaignar. The Governor has also skipped the terms like 'social justice', 'equality', 'religious harmony', and 'Dravidian model'. Moreover, he also has made some additions in the printed speech. 

By citing that the Governor's action is a violation of the Assembly rules, Thirumavalavan stated that the Governor has disrespected the constitution. The VCK leader asked the state government to take action on the Governor, who has been acting against the government and the people of Tamil Nadu ever since he was appointed. Thirumavalavan contended that the Governor has also insulted the assembly by walking out of the house before the national anthem was played.