In pics: CM MK Stalin and Governor RN Ravi rub shoulders for the first time since historical loggerheads!

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin and Governor RN Ravi have come face to face for the first since their historical face off in the state assembly weeks ago. MK Stalin and RN Ravi rubbed shoulders on Thursday - January 26 in a ceremony in Chennai that was organized on the occasion of Indian Republic Day. 

Their first meet after the assembly turmoil has drawn a sharp attention across the state. The meet has come when there were signs of defusing tensions between the Governor and the state government, though the DMK government is maintaining a hardline with the Governor in crucial issues. On Thursday, RN Ravi and MK Stalin shared the stage during the 74th Republic Day ceremony. 

Amidst a public scrutiny, Stalin and Ravi graced the occasion and as the constitutional head, Governor RN Ravi unfurled the Indian flag after which the National Anthem was played, when the Indian Air Force choppers showered the flower petals. The Governor was welcomed by the Chief Minister and the former was introduced by the latter to the police and defence personnel. 

The ceremony was attended by the ministers and various dignitaries, and in the midst of the Governor's controversial remark of 'Tamilagam vs Tamil Nadu', the parade was led by the tableau that highlighted the state's recent slogan 'Tamilnadu Vaazhga'. Throughout the event, Chief Minister MK Stalin was seen exchanging words with Governor RN Ravi. Earlier, the Governor's feast with two senior DMK Ministers marked the beginning to mitigate rivalry between the Chief Minister and the Governor. 

Stalin's and Ravi's meeting on the Republic Day meeting had possibly set out a new course in their relationship. On Wednesday, Governor Ravi invited the state political parties to attend the Republic Day 'At Home' reception at the Raj Bhavan on Thursday. While the DMK's allied parties decided to boycott the event, Chief Minister MK Stalin would be attending the event. 

According to reports, Governor RN Ravi directly spoke with Chief Minister MK Stalin and invited the latter for the reception. Based on his invitation, MK Stalin has decided to take part in the reception when four DMK's allied parties - Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Kachi, Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi, and two Communist parties announced that they would boycott the event at the Raj Bhavan. 

In a statement, Communist Party of India's state secretary R Mutharasan said that though the invitation for the event mentioned RN Ravi as the Tamil Nadu Governor, he hasn't delivered his constitutional duties. Mutharasan further said, "More than 20 bills passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly have been put idle (by the Governor). Moreover, he (RN Ravi) continues to utter pro-RSS remarks. Therefore, the party has decided to boycott the 'At Home' event scheduled at Raj Bhavan. 

Earlier this month, Governor RN Ravi caught into the wave of outrage for advocating that Tamil Nadu should be called Tamilagam. Later, Ravi had a face off with Chief Minister in the assembly where he walked out of the house when the Chief Minister passed a resolution against Ravi's speech of skipping key parts in his customary address, that was prepared by the state government, in the first assembly session of the year. 

Condemning Ravi's remark against the name of Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister MK Stalin went on to denote the Governor as 'one guy' who is against the state. His remark had a rousing welcome from the DMK functionaries and was going viral on social media. As the rivalry between the Governor and the Chief Minister escalated, RN Ravi visited Delhi twice within a week and days after stirring a controversy over Tamilagam vs Tamil Nadu, he gave a clarification that the basis of his speech was misunderstood. Weeks after the loggerheads, both Governor RN Ravi and Chief Minister MK Stalin came face-to-face for the first time.