An unprecedented scale of blitz has been growing against Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi as a majority of the state is on the same page in opposing him and demanding him to resign his post. Governor Ravi sparked an outrage after he deliberately skipped parts of speech prepared by the state government during his customary address in the first day of the assembly session on Monday - January 9.
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 party Vidhuthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) has announced that it will hold a protest at Raj Bhavan, Chennai on January 13 during which it will urge the Governor to step down. 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.
As VCK is all set to build a campaign against the Governor, the Communist party in the state has also announced a protest against RN Ravi as the collective call for resignation intensifies in the state. Urging Ravi to resign immediately, MDMK Chief Vaiko said that if the Governor is not resigning, the President must remove him from the office as he has breached the assembly's tradition of deliberately skipping certain parts of the speech made by the state government.
Vaiko said that Governor Ravi doesn't have any moral rights to stay in office and welcomed MK Stalin's move of giving a prompt reply to the Governor by bringing a resolution. Along with the political parties, Tamil Nadu is also witnessing protests from the students to advocates. On the other hand, BJP and ADMK have been backing the Governor and alleged that the DMK had invited the Governor and humiliated him in the assembly.