TKS Elangovan Said- Governor does not have the authority to outright refuse to sign a bill, deeming it an insult to the core principles of democracy
Chennai: TKS Elangovan, a prominent member of the DMK, expressed strong disapproval of the Governor’s recent speech. He criticized the Governor for going against the established rules of the Constitution. TKS Elangovan highlighted that the Governor, being an appointed figure, should seek clarification from the government if there are concerns about a bill. However, he emphasized that the Governor does not have the authority to outright refuse to sign a bill, deeming it an insult to the core principles of democracy. He firmly stated that the people do not desire a representative who disregards constitutional values and pointed out that such remarks had distressing consequences, even leading to a tragic incident.TKS Elangovan also raised another issues.
Just two days ago, the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu expressed strong criticism of the NDA government’s decision to name three Bills in a manner that the party believes shows apprehension. Senior DMK leader and party spokesperson TKS Elangovan stated that the use of ‘Bharatiya’ instead of ‘India’ in the Bill names reveals the BJP’s anxieties, possibly linked to the Opposition’s alliance name, Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (I.N.D.I.A).
Merely two days ago, Union Home Minister Amit Shah presented three significant Bills in the Lok Sabha, aiming to replace colonial-era laws. Shah introduced the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS) Bill, 2023; Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS) Bill, 2023; and Bharatiya Sakshya (BS) Bill, 2023, intending to replace the Indian Penal Code, 1860; Criminal Procedure Act, 1898; and the Indian Evidence Act, 1872, respectively. Shah emphasized that these changes were made to modernize the criminal justice system to better serve the needs of contemporary society.
During the discussion two days ago, TKS Elangovan expressed skepticism, saying, “The renaming of the Bills to ‘Bharatiya’ from ‘India’ reveals their unease. They appear afraid of the term ‘India,’ possibly due to its association with Opposition parties. Such actions reflect the immaturity of the government.” He also questioned the timing of tabling the Bills on the final day of the session, deeming the move as “anti-democratic.”
TKS Elangovan further criticized the government’s tactics, suggesting that they might intentionally create disturbances to capitalize on the absence of opposition during voting. He stressed that this approach contradicts democratic principles and the fairness of parliamentary procedures.
The Opposition’s unified alliance, Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (I.N.D.I.A), which was named just two days ago, includes major parties like Congress, DMK, Left parties, TMC, and AAP, among others. Elangovan implied that the BJP’s alteration in the Bill names might be influenced by this alliance name, according to his recent statements.
Amid the ongoing tensions, it’s important to note that this isn’t the first time the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) government of the state has clashed with Ravi. A former IPS officer, Ravi had previously served as the special director of the Intelligence Bureau and as the governor of Nagaland. His appointment as Tamil Nadu’s governor took place in September 2021.
History of Confrontations:
Over the course of nearly two years since assuming the role, there have been repeated conflicts and disagreements. These standoffs have encompassed a range of issues. They have included disputes over the timing of approving bills passed by the assembly, controversies stemming from the governor’s statements, and even friction regarding Chief Minister Stalin’s official visit to Singapore in May.
Varied Points of Contention:
These clashes have revolved around different aspects. Delays in the authorization of bills that have been endorsed by the assembly have sparked disagreements. Additionally, the governor’s statements on various matters have been a source of controversy. Notably, even Chief Minister Stalin’s visit to Singapore earlier this year did not escape the shadow of these tensions.