Chennai: Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi on Monday shortened an hour-long coverage speech ready by the DMK authorities to mark the beginning of the state funds session to only three minutes.
Ravi stated he “persuasively disagreed” with most of the passages on ethical and factual grounds and slammed the state authorities for “disrespecting” the nationwide anthem.
“Mates, my repeated requests and recommendation to point out respect for the nationwide anthem and play it at the start and finish of the speech have been ignored. This speech comprises quite a few passages with which I convincingly disagree on factual and ethical grounds. Lending my vote to them can be a constitutional travesty. Subsequently, with all due respect to the Home of Representatives, I conclude my speech,” the governor stated.
Tamil Nadu speaker M Appavu then learn out the Tamil model of the speech.
Whereas many states play the nationwide anthem at the start and finish of the governor’s speech, the Tamil Nadu Meeting begins the session with the state music, Tamil Thai Valthu, and ends it with the nationwide anthem.
In his speech, Appavu accused the BJP-led central authorities of ignoring the state, which suffered important devastation as a consequence of Cyclone Michaung in December final yr. He highlighted the state’s achievements in offering flood aid final yr and organizing the Khelo India Youth Video games final month.
The Speaker concluded by saying that he didn’t wish to blame the governor however there was no want for him to say the whole lot that was on his thoughts, referring to Ravi’s feedback on not taking part in the nationwide anthem.
“You (Ravi) stated what’s in your thoughts. What we’re occupied with is the cyclone and the floods, and we’ve not obtained any cash. PM CARES has some huge cash. Can we additionally ask for Rs 50,000 crore from it?” Appavu stated.
The governor left the assembly after the speech and earlier than the nationwide anthem was performed. The assembly then handed a decision to think about the governor’s speech as totally delivered.
Ravi had additionally skipped components of the coverage speech final yr. He had skipped parts that referred to secularism and the Dravidian mannequin and to leaders like Periyar, BR Ambedkar and former chief ministers CN Annadurai and Karunanidhi. Prime Minister Stalin had subsequently moved a decision to incorporate solely the unique speech ready by his authorities. He had additionally alleged that it was in opposition to the custom of the meeting for the governor to stroll out earlier than the nationwide anthem.
Final month, related scenes performed out within the Kerala Meeting when Governor Arif Mohammed Khan lower the 61-page coverage speech to lower than two minutes as a consequence of variations with the state authorities.
Ravi has had many variations with the state authorities throughout his stint. Final yr, the Prime Minister had written to the President saying that Ravi was not match to turn out to be governor. The Supreme Court docket had pulled up the governor in November final yr for delay in passing pending payments.
(Edited by Madhurita Goswami)
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