The conflict between the Tamil Nadu government and Governor RN Ravi escalated after the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) urged President Droupadi Murmu to remove the latter from his post. The party, in its memorandum to the President, alleged that the Governor violated his Constitutional oath and levelled a series of allegations against him. Among others, the DMK-led Secular Progressive Alliance (SPA) took exception to his “praising Sanatana Dharma” and charged Ravi with “instigating communal hatred.” The memorandum dated November 2, 2022 has been submitted with the President’s office, the DMK said on Tuesday.

The petition, signed by SPA members of Parliament and submitted with the President’s office, also listed out the pending bills with the Raj Bhavan, including one seeking exemption to the state from the ambit of the NEET and questioned the delay for the assent. Ravi and the MK Stalin-led government have been at loggerheads over a number of issues, including NEET, and the purported delay in handing over the probe into the October 23 Coimbatore explosion to the National Investigation Agency by the state government.

Instead of forwarding the NEET bill to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Ravi “usurped the powers of the Hon’ble President and questioned the wisdom of the Legislature and returned the Bill, which is ultra vires of the powers conferred on a Governor,” the memorandum said. “Due to his conduct, the TN Assembly had to be convened for a special session and the Assembly re-enacted the NEET Exemption Bill and sent it again to the Governor. This shows that the Governor is acting against the collective will of the people as expressed by the State Legislative Assembly. These are all acts unbecoming of a Governor,” the ruling alliance MPs said.

“Tamil Nadu is a paradise where people from different religions, languages and castes live peacefully. The TN Governor Thiru RN Ravi has developed an unfortunate propensity to publicly profess his lack of faith in the secular ideals of this country and frequently engages in divisive rhetoric. This is an embarrassment to our government which has utmost commitment to the secular ethos of this nation.”

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