Raghav Chadha, a Member of Parliament from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), has criticized the Tamil Nadu Governor, RN Ravi, for refusing to accept Senthil Balaji as a Minister without a portfolio in the state cabinet. Chadha argues that this refusal is an example of the “tyranny of the unelected” since the appointment of ministers is constitutionally the Chief Minister’s prerogative, not the Governor’s. Chadha expressed his concerns through a series of tweets, stating that the recent events in Punjab, Delhi, Bengal, and Tamil Nadu have revealed a trend of Governors exceeding their constitutional authority.
Governors Overstepping Their Bounds in Non-BJP States
Chadha highlights the actions of Governors in non-BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) states, claiming that they are going beyond their prescribed roles. He points out that in Punjab, the Governor refused to convene the budget session of the Assembly and rejected the cabinet’s resolution. Similarly, in Delhi, the Lieutenant Governor (LG) consistently paralyzed governance and hindered the elected government’s functioning. Chadha views these actions as a dangerous trend and emphasizes that Governors are not above the law.
Elected Governments and the Role of Governors
According to Chadha, the people of India have elected their governments, and Governors should act in accordance with the aid and advice of the council of ministers. He asserts that the power of unelected Governors must not go unchecked, as it contradicts the principles of democracy. Chadha’s statements come in response to Governor RN Ravi’s refusal to accept Senthil Balaji as a member of the council of Ministers, citing ongoing criminal proceedings against Balaji for moral turpitude and his current judicial custody.
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