TN BJP stages walkout from Assembly as CM Stalin pushes to reintroduce bills returned by governor

ERNAKULAM | Updated: 18 November, 2023 11:54 pm IST

ERNAKULAM: Tensions flared in the Tamil Nadu Assembly’s special session as BJP lawmakers dramatically walked out, opposing a resolution slamming Governor RN Ravi and the return of 10 university-related bills.

BJP MLA Vanathi Seenivasan said, “BJP has walked out of the Assembly after opposing the resolution criticising the Governor and sending back the 10 bills that has been passed earlier by this Assembly.”

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This development comes in the wake of the Supreme Court expressing serious concern over Governor Ravi withholding bills.The Governor had returned 10 bills concerning universities, prompting the Assembly to reconvene for a special session to reintroduce and readopt these bills.

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Seenivasan stressed, “We believe in federalism and the Governor has his own rules for his office. The Governor selects the vice chancellor after so many discussions and meetings.”

She reiterated, “But the DMK government is opposing it. It’s funny how when AIADMK tried to bring this, DMK said educational institutions should not be changed into political areas.

“But now, DMK, who wants these powers, they want to give appointments to politically affiliated people which is a violation of the rule. They see Governor as an obstacle in bringing their people into these positions; that’s why they are opposing.”

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin submitted a motion in the Assembly to reconsider the

10 bills returned by Governor Ravi, who allegedly withheld assent without providing reasons. Stalin accused the Governor of attempting to obstruct the government’s initiatives.

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