In the midst of being battered with a tumultuous term, Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi has on Friday - January 13 flown to Delhi in a sudden trip, which has come a day after DMK has played out a sharp strike against him by petitioning the President to advise the Governor to adhere to the state cabinet. Tamil Nadu is nearly a fortnight into the New Year but recorded what has been historical events that the state has never witnessed before.
Governor Ravi's trip to Delhi has stirred a fresh furore on what's his agenda, with several reports citing that he has been summoned by the Central government after becoming the centre of controversies in the state. Amid being accused of setting bad precedents and violating the Constitution, Governor Ravi took the flight from Chennai Airport to Delhi at about 11.20 am on Friday.
The Governor was accompanied by his secretary and security officer and it is expected that he will be back to Chennai on Saturday - January 14. In this short trip, the Governor has carried a big agenda and we can most likely expect Ravi's meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and with President Droupadi Murmu. Though there has been no official communique from his office about his meeting plan, sources who closely watch the developments have said that he will meet the Home Minister and the President to brief about the historical event that unfolded at the Tamil Nadu assembly.
When the first assembly session of the year was convened earlier this week, it began with Governor Ravi's customary address and eventually, his speech went down like a lead balloon as he was accused of skipping key sections from the address prepared by the DMK government and making some additions to his speech. Chief Minister MK Stalin has promptly proposed a resolution in the assembly against Ravi's speech and to remove the additions he made from the assembly record.
As the resolution was tabled, the Governor walked out of the assembly furiously and such an event was the first time in the assembly. His walk out has triggered a political friction and our sources said that after reaching Raj Bhavan from the assembly, Ravi had sent a detailed report on what happened in the assembly to Union Home Minister Amit Shah. His walk out from the assembly and his conduct of violating the assembly tradition have sparked protests from the parties that demand Ravi to step down from his post.
Amid such developments, Governor Ravi has left to Delhi on Friday. His visit has come a day after a team of DMK leaders met President Murmu in the capital. On Thursday, Chief Minister MK Stalin has urged the President to advise the Governor to adhere to the state cabinet on various matters. The Chief Minister's letter was handed over to the President by Tamil Nadu Law Minister Raghupathy-led delegation. Highlighting on what happened in the assembly, MK Stalin told the President that the Governor's conduct was against the traditions of the assembly.
The Chief Minister further said that Governor Ravi is observing a politically ideological conflict with the Tamil Nadu government which is contradictory to the Constitution. By citing that Ravi is opposing the culture, literature, and equitable politics of Tamil people, MK Stalin stated that he could not accept the concepts like Dravidian policies, equality, social justice and rationale thinking being followed in Tamil Nadu.
In his letter, the Chief Minister said, "He (the Governor) had no right to deviate from the speech prepared by the government for his address. The parts he skipped were the names of late stalwarts Dr BR Ambedkar, EVR Periyar, CN Annadurai and M Karunanidhi and terms including social justice, self-respect, and Dravidian model of governance."
MK Stalin has also underlined the bills that are in an idling state before the Governor and appealed to the President to intervene in the matter and instruct Ravi to act according to cabinet recommendations. While Tamil Nadu Law Minister Raghupathy met the President with MK Stalin's letter amid the demand to recall the Governor, Raghupathy was accompanied by senior DMK leaders - DMK MPs TR Baalu, A Raja, P Wilson, and NR Elango.