In Tamil Nadu, a controversy had arisen when the Governor referred to Tamil Nadu as Tamizhgam in a program organized at the Raj Bhavan on January 4. Seeing the matter gaining momentum, now the Governor has issued a letter giving clarification. He wrote in the letter that considering the historical cultural association, I mentioned 'Tamizhgam' at a program organized to honor the volunteers of Kaash-Tamil Sangamam at Raj Bhavan on January 4. Because it was a matter of history and there was no Tamil Nadu at that time. So, in the historical-cultural context, I mentioned 'Tamizhgam'.
There was an uproar in the Vidhansabha also on saying Tamizhgam
Earlier, in his address to the Assembly, the Governor talked about changing the name of the state to Tamizhgam instead of Tamil Nadu. After which the ruling party DMK and its allies Congress and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) started protesting against his statement. Get out posters were also shown to the governor.