Governor has right to omit or deny: State BJP VP after Tamil Nadu Governor refuses to read address

TN Governor RN Ravi refused to read out Govt speech following which Tamil Nadu Assembly passed resolution declaring speech delivered.

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Courtesy: ANI

Unprecedented scenes were witnessed in the first session of the year of the Tamil Nadu Assembly where Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi on Monday refused to read the customary address prepared by the Government on "factual and moral grounds."

When asked about the same, the Governor asserted that the address has numerous passages that he disagrees with on factual and moral grounds and lending his voice to them would constitute a constitutional travesty.

"My repeated request and advice to show due respect to the national anthem and play it at the beginning and end of the address has been ignored. This address has numerous passages with which I convincingly disagree on factual and moral grounds. I lending my voice to them would constitute a constitutional travesty. Hence, with respect to the house, I conclude my address. Wish this house a productive and healthy discussion for the good of the people," he said.

Soon after this, the speaker in the assembly began reading the Tamil interpretation of Governor's speech.

Reacting to this, Tamil Nadu State BJP vice president Narayanan Thirupathy said that the governor has the right to omit or deny reading the address.

Tthe Governor left the house without waiting for the traditional singing of the national anthem, soon after the speaker completed his address. 

After this the Tamil Nadu Assembly passed a resolution considering the Governor's address as fully delivered including those portions that were not read out.