Governor Banwarilal Purohit's meet with Kovai officials stirs controversy

TN oppn parties cry foul over guv’s meeting with officials

He said he would visit the district every year and also other districts and expressed the hope that the atmosphere would remain the same for years.He also inspected e-toilets in the bus stand, installed by the City Corporation.

Emerging after the meeting, the Collector told journalists that the Governor wanted to interact with officials and know what was happening in Coimbatore.

During the meeting, he lauded the efforts of the city in Swachh Bharath Mission and congratulated the officials of the Coimbatore Corporation and the district administration for their initiatives.

Earlier, he inspected the Gandhipuram bus stand and took part in a cleaning drive there as part of the Swachch Bharat initiative.

He swept the bus bays and removed the waste from there.

"I have been carrying out inspections from yesterday. Till now I thought that Maharashtra was better in cleanliness, but now I have changed my mind as Tamilnadu is far better", he added.

The Governor had arrived in Coimbatore to attend the convocation ceremony of Bharathiar University.

Politicians and officials in Tamil Nadu are mindful of the fact that Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi neighbouring Puducherry has already challenged the elected government on several policy and administrative decisions. "Tamilnadu Governor does not even have the limited powers which the Puducherry Governor has", he said. AIADMK MP Anwhar Rajhaa, who is in the EPS-OPS camp, said the governor could have reviewed with the chief minister and his council of ministers, instead of meeting the officials.

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This has set off a debate over whether the Governor overstepped his Constitutional remit and was interfering in the affairs of the district administration.

The Governor's meeting was held amid the accusations from the opposition that Narendra Modi government at the centre is interfering in the administration of the state government led by the faction-ridden AIADMK. "He just heard what was presented before him", said an official.

A bureaucrat TNM spoke to said that it was an abnormal move. "Such review meeting by the Governor will help improve the relationship with the Centre which would help in the progress of the state", said Velumani. Strangely, AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu seems to have no problem with the Governor's meeting the state officials as several State Ministers supported Purohit.

He added that the Governor inspected the various projects that were completed in State-Central collaboration in Coimbatore.

"It was also because the governor came from the same party as that of ruling party at the centre and the state".

Likewise, Higher Education Minister K P Anbalagan contended that the Governor's action would not amount to interference in administration.

Meanwhile, BJP state president Tamilisai Sounderajan defended the governor and said, "We should look at the meetings in a positive manner". "It is a shame that ministers welcome the review held by the governor".

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