Udhayanidhi Stalin, a minister in Tamil Nadu, has accused the state’s governor of acting as the voice of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The dispute arose after the governor refused to allow Senthil Balaji to continue as a minister in the government. Udhayanidhi Stalin revealed that the state government has issued a government order stating that Senthil Balaji will remain a minister without a portfolio.
Governor Accused of Favoring BJP
According to Udhayanidhi Stalin, the governor’s actions reflect a bias towards the BJP. He claimed that the state government has already released a government order affirming Senthil Balaji’s continuation as a minister without a portfolio. Udhayanidhi Stalin further emphasized that the governor merely acts as a mouthpiece for the BJP within the state.
Portfolios Reallocated, but Denial for Senthil Balaji
Although the governor accepted the reallocation of portfolios previously held by Senthil Balaji to other ministers in Tamil Nadu, he denied approval for Senthil Balaji to continue as a minister. Raj Bhavan, the governor’s office, explained that based on the chief minister’s recommendations, the subjects previously handled by Senthil Balaji, such as “Electricity, Non-Conventional Energy Development,” were assigned to Thangam Thennarasu, Minister for Finance and Human Resources Management. Additionally, the subjects of “Prohibition and Excise Molasses,” previously under Senthil Balaji, were assigned to S Muthusamy, Minister for Housing and Urban Development. The governor cited ongoing criminal proceedings and judicial custody as reasons for not allowing Senthil Balaji to remain a member of the Council of Ministers.
Political Tensions Continue
This recent conflict between the government and Raj Bhavan has sparked further political tensions in Tamil Nadu. The refusal to permit Senthil Balaji to continue as a minister has been criticized by Udhayanidhi Stalin and others, who view it as a sign of an autocratic leadership style. The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party has also expressed its disapproval of Chief Minister Stalin’s decision to arrest the party’s state secretary, accusing him of authoritarianism.
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