In a first-of-its-kind incident in recent years, the Tamil Nadu government has decided to boycott the tea party organized by Governor RN Ravi at Raj Bhavan on Thursday- April 14 to celebrate the Tamil New Year. The latest development has implied that the relationship between the state government and Governor has been rifting with the former accusing the latter of deliberately not acting on the agendas moved by the assembly.
It's been a few months since Ravi took the office as the Governor of Tamil Nadu but his tenure has been under public scrutiny after drawing strong opposition from multiple parties over his conduct of idling the agendas of the state government. Amid the apparent divide between the government and the governor over several issues, RN Ravi has organized a tea party in the wake of Tamil New Year.
The Governor's office has invited the state political parties to attend the party on April 14. However, Marxist Communist Party, Indian Communist Party, Vidhuthalai Ciruthaigal Katchi, and Manithaneya Makkal Katchi had announced that they won't be attending the tea party as a mark of opposition to the Governor for his conduct of not consenting to the bills passed by the assembly.
While the state government didn't announce its participation, ministers Thangam Tennarasu and Ma Subramanian had met Governor RN Ravi at Raj Bhavan on Thursday ahead of the tea party and the ministers' sudden meeting had turned heads. After the meeting, minister Thangam Tennarasu has announced that the Tamil Nadu government will boycott the tea party organized by the Governor.
The minister said that the Governor has been acting in the fashion of belittling the century-old Tamil Nadu legislative assembly and the agendas that are democratically passed at the assembly aren't being respected by the Governor's office. The minister further said that Governor RN Ravi didn't act on sending the Tamil Nadu government's anti-NEET bill to the President to get an exemption for Tamil Nadu from NEET and he also has failed in respecting the sentiments of the Tamil people.
Under these circumstances, the state government has decided to boycott the tea party. It must be noted that the Tamil Nadu ruling DMK has been slamming Governor RN Ravi for not consenting to the agendas and for taking a long time to clear the bill. Earlier, the DMK MPs in Lok Sabha had demanded the Union government withdraw RN Ravi from Tamil Nadu and Chief Minister MK Stalin had also urged the Prime Minister to press the Governor to act on the bills passed by the legislative assembly.