TN Governor’s letter to Stalin triggers storm

Governor Banwarilal Purohit’s delay on giving his nod for the Bill providing for 7.5 per cent horizontal reservation for students from government schools in the admission for medical colleges has brought the ruling and opposition parties together.

Purohit on Thursday replied to the letter written by Tamil Nadu leader of Opposition MK Stalin asking for at least 3-4 weeks time to decide upon 7.5% reservation bill in medical courses for government school students who clear the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test.

“I would like to inform you that I am seized of the matter and getting it examined from all angles. I need at least 3 to 4 weeks time to arrive at a decision The same has also been informed to the delegation of Ministers who called on me recently,” Governor said in his letter to Stalin.

DMK on Thursday night announced that it will hold a protest outside the Raj Bhavan after Governor told Stalin in a latter that he would need time to give his nod to the Bill.

Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi founder and MP Thol. Thirumavalavan has written to President Ram Nath Kovind seeking the withdrawal of Tamil Nadu Governor.

“A Governor is appointed by your Excellency in accordance with Article 155 of the Constitution of India. Article 163 of the Constitution of India clearly says that ‘there shall be a Council of Ministers with the Chief Minister at the head to aid and advise the Governor in the exercise of his functions,” he noted in the letter.

Stalin, in a tweet, urged the ruling AIADMK to talk to the various political parties in the State and plan an action against the Governor for not giving his approval for the Bill.