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DMK may consider browbeating Tamil Nadu Governor Ravi over Senthil Balaji's dismissal

The party brass may consult its leaders and office-bearers to devise a strategy --both legal and political-- on the matter

PTI Chennai Published 30.06.23, 09:32 AM
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The DMK may weigh all the options and legal factors related to Governor RN Ravi's later backtracked move to dismiss Minister V Senthil Balaji from the Cabinet, sources said on Friday.

The party brass may consult its leaders and office-bearers to devise a strategy --both legal and political-- on the matter.

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"The Governor has backtracked and he has been exposed thoroughly," an office-bearer told PTI adding all the political maneuvering of the BJP to target the DMK has been backfiring in Tamil Nadu.

Sources said there was no need 'immediately' to look into legal aspects or consider anything else (such as the possibility of political interests over the dismissal and a counter-strategy to frustrate it), as the dismissal was now on hold.

On Thursday, hours after dismissing Balaji from the cabinet, Ravi had later kept it in abeyance.

The DMK, may however consider weighing legal options to take on the Governor for his alleged excesses and fight the BJP politically at the right time and as and when warranted, sources added.

Senthil Balaji is an influential leader in the western Kongu region. He was previously with the AIADMK before joining the DMK years ago.

Ravi's order dismissing Minister V Senthil Balaji from the Cabinet was placed under abeyance by the Raj Bhavan within hours following Union Home Ministry's intervention, the DMK said on Friday.

The ruling DMK organ 'Murasoli' said Ravi's dismissal directive was "put on hold within five hours as per the advisory of the Union Home Ministry." Briefly explaining the sequence of events on June 29 related to the dismissal order, the Tamil daily underscored the 'strong condemnation' it evoked from legal luminaries and party leaders.

The daily said by midnight 'information' came that the dismissal order was being held in abeyance for soliciting Attorney General's opinion on the matter. "It is noteworthy that the Governor's order was put on hold in five hours." In a late evening communication to the chief minister, the governor said he would consult the attorney general and seek his legal opinion about the move. The governor had explained the reasons for his removing Balaji from the cabinet.

The order to dismiss Balaji, arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a cash-for-jobs scam and since hospitalised, from the Council of Ministers has been kept in abeyance by the governor until further communication.

Meanwhile, posters sprung up in the city, asking whether "Guindy would write to Delhi", about the pending cases against a set of union ministers and seek their ouster from the cabinet.

Guindy, an obvious reference to the Raj Bhavan, in Chennai is where the Governor's residence is located.

Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by The Telegraph Online staff and has been published from a syndicated feed.

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