Opposition CM Convention soon in Delhi on governors’ ‘abuse of power’: Tamil Nadu CM Stalin

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MP Stalin announced on Sunday that a convention of senior opposition party ministers would be held in Delhi after a discussion with his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee over the “brazen abuse of power by the governors of states not governed by the BJP”.

Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee suggested a meeting of key opposition ministers by telephone, he said. “Beloved Didi @MamataOfficial phoned me to share her concern and anguish over constitutional overreach and brazen abuse of power by Governors of non-BJP ruled states. She suggested a meeting of CMs of the opposition,” he said in a tweet.

The DMK chairman assured the TMC leader of his party’s commitment to “maintaining the autonomy of the state” and said, “The Opposition CM Convention will soon be held from Delhi.”

CM Stalin’s tweet comes after he said West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar’s act of proroguing the Assembly was “without any propriety”, sparking a war of words with Dhankhar responding to the statement as harsh and not based on facts. facts.

Stalin tweeted: “The act of the Governor of #WestBengal to prorogue the session of the World Bank Assembly is without any propriety expected of the high office and goes against established norms and conventions. the state should be the model for enforcing the constitution. The beauty of democracy lies in extending mutual respect to one another.

Responding to Stalin, Dhankar on his official Twitter account said: “Find it unusually timely to respectfully invite the indulgent attention of TN CM @mkstalin that his extremely harsh and hurtful observations are not at all consistent to the order attached to the facts. The Assembly was adjourned at the express request of @MamataOfficial @rajbhavan_tn.” Dhankar has also issued an official communication in this regard. Governor Dhankhar had prorogued the Assembly from Saturday on the recommendation of the state government.

Trinamool Congressional spokesman Kunal Ghosh said: “The Governor did not make the decision on his own initiative. He prorogued the Assembly on the recommendation of the Cabinet. There’s no confusion there.”

The row comes after MPs from several opposition parties and some retired bureaucrats on Thursday sent a joint memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the ‘attack on federalism’ following the interference of governors in non-states. led by the BJP and change all over India. Service framework rules.

The central government’s action runs counter to democracy and federal governance, they alleged, saying “they are patently unconstitutional” and can lead to unwanted crises. “These amendments are designed to subjugate the states and we collectively oppose the Center’s decision to elevate control over the IAS to itself through central assignments and transfers,” reads the joint memorandum.

“We caution the Center against any unilateral move and make it clear that States will not accept this unconstitutional usurpation of powers, even if imposed, despite valid opposition from CMs and States,” the MPs said and former officials. Some states, especially those run by non-BJP parties, have strongly opposed the change to the IAS rules and several chief ministers have already written to the prime minister.

(With PTI entries)

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