NEW DELHI: The ruling parties in three southern states – Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Telangana – have locked horns with their respective governors.
Here’s the state-wise tussle explained:
Tamil Nadu
Governor RN Ravi and the MK Stalin government have been at loggerheads over a number of issues, including NEET and his recent remarks over the “delay” in handing over the probe into the October 23 car explosion to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), even as about 20 bills are pending with the Raj Bhavan.
The ruling DMK has urged President Droupadi Murmu to sack governor Ravi, alleging that he has violated the oath he took under the Constitution and levelled a series of allegations against him.
Among others, the DMK-led Secular Progressive Alliance (SPA) took exception to his “praising Sanatana Dharma” and charged Ravi with “instigating communal hatred”. A memorandum dated November 2, 2022, submitted to the president’s office, read: “Some might even consider his statements as seditious as his statements bring or attempt to bring into hatred or contempt or excite or attempt to excite disaffection towards the government established by law.”

The memorandum said Tamil Nadu is a paradise with people from different religions, languages and castes living peacefully, adding that Ravi developed an unfortunate propensity to publicly profess his lack of faith in secular ideals of the country and is frequently engaged in divisive rhetoric. It is an embarrassment to the state government that has utmost commitment to the secular ethos of the nation, it said.
“His speeches are made with a calculated intent to incite hatred and create communal unrest among the people. The governor’s recent statement that India is dependent on one religion like the rest of the world, is an affront to the Constitution,” it read.
The Kerala government on Wednesday decided to come out with an ordinance to replace the governor as chancellor of universities in the state and appoint eminent academicians to that post, a move which has been opposed both by the Congress and BJP.
The LDF government’s move comes amidst its ongoing tussle with governor Arif Mohammed Khan over functioning of universities, including appointment of vice-chancellors, in the state.
State higher education minister R Bindu said that recently there were interferences in the functioning of varsities which aimed at making them rudderless and that definitely raised concerns with regard to the status of higher education in Kerala.
The state government decided to take the extreme step after the governor in his capacity as chancellor has unilaterally set up a search committee for the selection of the new-vice chancellor of Kerala University and began moves to remove 10 vice-chancellors from their position, alleging flaws in their selection process.

The chancellor had issued show-cause notices to 10 vice-chancellors in the backdrop of the Supreme Court declared void ab initio the selection of Kerala Technological University vice-chancellor M S Rajasree when her appointment was challenged in the apex court.
Opposing the government’s move, the Congress and BJP have alleged that the cabinet decision was aimed at turning universities in Kerala into “Communist centres”.
In an open face-off with the K Chandrasekhar Rao-led government, Telangana governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Wednesday expressed doubts that her phones are being tapped. She refused to elaborate saying that there were some social media posts linking Raj Bhavan with the recent “TRS MLAs poaching case”.
Two months ago, while interacting with the media on completing three years in office, governor Soundararajan had alleged that the office of the gubernatorial post was “humiliated” by the Telangana government, pointing to ‘discrimination’ meted out to her as a “woman governor”.

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