Tamil Nadu is not Puducherry, Stalin tells Governor

Lester Mason
November 15, 2017

DMK MP and organising secretary RS Bharati alleged that the BJP was trying to repeat in Tamil Nadu what it has done in other states while saying, "It is completely unacceptable".

Purohit, who took over as Governor last month, made his maiden visit outside Chennai to first participate in the convocation ceremony of Bharatiyar University on Tuesday.

Post the visit, he held discussions with NGOs and residents welfare associations working on solid waste management.

Later, in the day, he held meetings with the district officials, including the collector, city police commissioner and corporation commissioner and other senior officials. Stalin also alluded to the differences between Puducherry Lieutenant Governor (LG) Kiran Bedi and Chief Minister V Narayanasamy in the neighbouring union territory over the former's style of functioning and said, "Tamil Nadu is not Puducherry."Mr. Dhinakaran, locked in a bitter battle for power with Mr. Palaniswami, said the episode must be seen as a "preview" to the ouster of the incumbent state government."The Tamil Nadu governor's meeting amounts to interference with the state government's rights".

Officials who attended it said the Governor did not criticise anyone nor did he ask anyone to pursue a project. "I have carried out visits in Maharashtra and I felt they (people in that state) were the best in maintaining toilets and waste management".

Puducherry Chief Minister Narayanswamy said the "disease" of Governor interfering in the work of elected government has spread to Tamilnadu as well.

Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said there is no politics involved in the Governor's visit and the State's autonomy will be preserved at all costs.

The meeting reportedly included Powerpoint presentations by Coimbatore District Collector T N Hariharan and about a dozen senior officials, inviting criticism from several opposition parties in the state.

Asking the Governor from conducting any further such review meetings, Leader of Opposition and DMK working president MK Stalin said if the Governor was really interested in good administration, he should ask the Edappadi K Palanisami government to prove his majority in the floor of the House.

"It was also because the governor came from the same party as that of ruling party at the centre and the state". He said the BJP wanted to undermine the elected government in Tamil Nadu like how they were doing in Puducherry and Arunachal Pradesh.

DMK leader M.K. Stalin said the Governor's action would erode the autonomy of the state. "Chief Minister should have either condemned the Governor's meeting or he should have resigned".

Critics had then questioned whether a similar meeting would have taken place if Jayalalithaa was alive, and termed it as an attempt by the BJP to interfere in the internal affairs of the state.

A fringe political outfit Thanthai Periyar Dravida Kazhagam, led by its chief K Ramakrishnan, tried to hold a black flag demonstration and were removed by the police.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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