November 20, 2017
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Tamil Nadu government Banwarilal Purohit on Monday asserted that he did nothing out of the way or illegal or unconstitutional in meeting with district officials in Coimbatore for a first-hand knowledge of how things worked in Tamil Nadu.
In future too he will continue to hold meetings with officials.
In a press statement issued on Monday late evening, the governor described as figment of imagination, the criticism of his action from a section of the society that saw political meanings of his action when none existed.
“This part of the criticism is wrong and false and was based figment of imagination,” the governor said adding that he will act in complete consonance of the Constitution of India and its provisions.
It is unfortunate that some critics saw in his actions a political agenda at the behest of the central government, he said and declared that it was absolutely wrong to say that as it was not based on the truth and reality.
He said that he would wholeheartedly support the development programmes of the state government and ensure that more funds are provided to the state of Tamil Nadu.
Governor Purohit said that even though he himself was sure of the constitutional validity of his actions in meeting government officials, he had also consulted legal experts for a legal opinion on the issue. “Everything was done according to norms and the meeting gave the governor a good idea of the status of the various welfare and developmental schemes and programmes in the district of Coimbatore,” the press release issued by the Raj Bhavan.
“There was no attempt to short-circuit the official channels or force a meeting,” the Raj Bhavan press statement said.
The Raj Bhavan release said that the governor had undertaken similar meetings when he was the governor of Assam and earned everybody’s appreciation. In Tamil Nadu too there was praise for his actions from many quarters, barring baseless criticism in some quarters.