Watch | Focus Tamil Nadu — Why are relations between the Tamil Nadu government and Governor R.N. Ravi strained?

| Video Credit: S. Shiva Raj

A video explaining the standoff between the Tamil Nadu government and Governor R.N. Ravi

Updated - April 30, 2024 05:31 pm IST

Published - July 04, 2023 09:20 pm IST

Ever since R.N. Ravi was appointed as the Governor of Tamil Nadu nearly two years ago, the M.K. Stalin-led State government’s relations with the Governor have been anything but smooth.

The latest disagreement between the two parties relates to the decision by Mr. Ravi to ‘dismiss’ the arrested Minister V. Senthilbalaji from the Cabinet on June 29, only to hurriedly backtrack on his decision in a few hours. That decision has been kept in abeyance.

In September 2021, when the Centre announced the appointment of Mr. Ravi as Governor, the ruling DMK alliance was quick to oppose it. They accused the Centre of ulterior motives by sending a former IPS officer who had a stint in the Intelligence Bureau.

However, Mr. Stalin welcomed the appointment. He wanted to have cordial relations with the Raj Bhavan. But the smoothness in the relationship lasted for just a few months.

When did the trouble start?

D. Suresh Kumar, The Hindu’s Deputy Resident Editor for Tamil Nadu, gives a lowdown on the strained relations between the Tamil Nadu government and Governor R.N. Ravi.

Script and presentation: D. Suresh Kumar

Production: Shikha Kumari

Videography: S. Shiva Raj

Graphic: Kannan Sundar

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