- Dr Kiran Bedi’s perspective is undemocratic, says Puducherry Chief Minister.
- PM conspiring with Dr Bedi to merge Puducherry with Tamil Nadu, he says.
- Chief Minister Narayanaswamy sleeps on street for third straight day.
Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy has actually hit the street demanding the removing of Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi as he camped in protest on a street close to her official residence for the third day in a trot. The intensification of the long-standing feud between the 2 governing authorities of the Union Territory comes months forward of the meeting election scheduled for Could.
Accusing Ms Bedi of scuttling Puducherry’s improvement on the Centre’s behest and citing her “undemocratic model of functioning”, Mr Narayanasamy, who heads its Secular Democratic Entrance alliance authorities, started his protest on Friday. Sleeping on Anna Salai, a kilometre away from her residence, he has been joined by many others equivalent to Puducherry Congress chief, ministerial colleagues, and MLAs. The CPM and CPI, too, have joined his protest.
Raj Nivas, the Lieutenant Governor’s official residence, is closely guarded by paramilitary forces. He was denied permission to hold out the protest close to there citing Covid-19 restrictions.
“This can be a not a brand new demand. Even in 2019 December, we sat in dharna in entrance of the Raj Bhavan…for the recall of Dr Kiran Bedi,” Mr Narayanaswamy advised NDTV.
“Now it has peaked. She is now returning information, overruling the choice of the cupboard, overruling the choice of the minister. This isn’t the job of the Lieutenant Governor…she has no impartial energy or authority,” he mentioned. “She has no respect for regulation or structure. She is the structure herself.”
He cited examples such her alleged blocking of the federal government’s Pongal reward to the individuals, whereby, as a substitute of the Rs1,000 deliberate, solely Rs200 was allowed to be disbursed.
Mr Narayanasamy has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take away Ms Bedi, saying she has been stalling welfare measures. He additionally accused the Prime Minister and Ms Bedi of conspiring to merge Puducherry with Tamil Nadu.
“Continuance of Dr Kiran Bedi right here will hamper the expansion and improvement of Puducherry. She is affecting the basic rights of the individuals of the state. It has been her perspective proper from the start, even when she was Delhi police commissioner,” Mr Narayanasamy mentioned.
“As a result of it’s a Congress-DMK authorities right here, the Prime Minister isn’t taking any step. Due to this fact, we’re doing this agitation in a peaceable method…However she is afraid of dealing with us. After we sat on a dharna in 2019, she ran away to Delhi,” he mentioned.
Mr Narayanasamy has regularly clashed with Lieutenant Governor Bedi ever since she was appointed to the submit in 2016, notably over administrative issues and the delineation of powers between the 2 workplaces.