Governor not a rubber stamp, says Tamil Nadu Guv RN Ravi in TVM

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Thiruvananthapuram: Tamil Nadu governor RN Ravi remarked that the governor is not a "rubber stamp." He was speaking at Lok Ayukta Day event organised by Kerala Lok Ayukta on Tuesday.

Ravi himself and Kerala governor Arif Mohammed Khan are having a rough time with the respective state governments. Kerala Law Minister P Rajeev was present on the stage when the Tamil Nadu governor made the remark.

"There is a reason for the governor refusing to sign a bill. It is the duty of Constitutional offices, including that of the governor, to ensure that a body like Lok Ayukta should not fail," he said. It is worth noting that Kerala governor is yet to sign the bill that removes the power of state Lok Ayukta to sack elected representatives.

Ravi has also withheld bills passed by Tamil Nadu Assembly. Tamil Nadu government has requested president Droupadi Murmu to remove the governor from his office since "he is not acting as per the Constitution" and has not signed 20 bills passed by the state Assembly.

Meanwhile, LDF organised a protest march to Raj Bhavan, alleging Khan was trying to implement the Sangh Parivar agenda in Kerala and is trying to destroy the higher education sector in the state. DMK leader and MP Tiruchi Siva, who attended the march, also criticised governors of both states.

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