Puducherry CM Narayanasamy sleeps outside Raj Nivas in protest against Kiran Bedi, says Modi creating trouble

first_imgPuducherry CM Narayanasamy sleeps outside Raj Nivas in protest against Kiran Bedi, says Modi creating troublePuducherry CM Narayansamy sat on dharna with ministers demanding that Lt Governor Kiran Bedi accord sanction for 39 government proposals, including a free rice scheme.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 14, 2019UPDATED: February 14, 2019 08:51 IST CM Narayanasamy sleeping outside Raj Nivas along with ministers. (Photo: Twitter/VNarayanasami)HIGHLIGHTSNarayanswamy’s protest comes after Kiran Bedi decision to make helmet wearing compulsoryHe alleged that Bedi had not approved 39 government proposalsKiran Bedi called the dharna “unlawful”, asked CM to meet her on Feb 21The standoff between Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy and Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi escalated Wednesday night with Narayanasamy staging a sit-in outside Raj Nivas late at night.Wearing a black shirt and black dhoti, Narayansamy sat on dharna with ministers of the union territory demanding that Kiran Bedi accord sanction for 39 government proposals, including a free rice scheme.His protest came after Kiran Bedi hit the road two days ago and advised two-wheeler owners to wear helmets. While Kiran Bedi wanted the helmet rule for two-wheeler riders to be implemented at one go, Narayanasamy wanted the implementation in phases.Puducherry CM V Narayanasami leads protest against Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi outside the Raj Nivas against her interference in day to day functioning of government.#UserGeneratedContent (@Lokpria)More Videos: https://t.co/FAHzdk9TO8 pic.twitter.com/FjSWBD9lkK India Today (@IndiaToday) February 13, 2019Speaking to media, he accused Kiran Bedi of working on orders of the Centre to disrupt the functioning of his government, “She has no power at all, she has to only be a post office and sign papers which have been sent by the council of ministers. She has no right to touch cabinet decisions…she is vetoing decisions. She is being encouraged by the PM to create problems for our government.”In a tweet, Kiran Bedi said: “Sad to see when a CM sends a letter to Lt Governor and within a week demands a reply by force of a ‘dharna’/ blockade of Raj Nivas. Also makes unfounded allegations, misleading people in Puducherry. He openly dares violation of MV Act on wearing of helmets to prevent fatal accidents.”advertisementLetters sentThe Chief Minister’s action invited a sharp response from Bedi, who shot off a letter to him, terming his protest as ‘unlawful’.”Instead of waiting for my response to your February 7 letter, you have come to Raj Nivas, demanding a reply in this unlawful manner,” she said.”This method (sitting in dharna) is unheard of from a person of your position,” the Lt Governor said in the letter, which was hand-delivered to the chief minister.Kiran Bedi has invited Narayanasamy for a detailed discussion on February 21 at Raj Nivas. The Lt Governor said all the issues Narayanasamy had mentioned in his letter needed examination for a ‘considered response’ and claimed that nothing was pending at the Raj Nivas, as alleged.She noted that the Chief Minister had never said in his letter that he and his colleagues would begin a dharna in front of Raj Nivas unless a reply was obtained by February 13.Narayanasamy replied to the letter, calling upon the Governor to give up her autocratic style of functioning and change the style of undemocratic day to day governance. He called the protest a democratic right and a reflection of the people’s movement against undemocratic and unlawful activities.He also said that the protest will continue until his demands are addressed.Netas sport blackAt night, police barricaded Raj Nivas and surrounding streets to prevent unauthorized persons from entering protesting area.Puducherry: Police has barricaded Raj Nivas (Governor’s residence) & surrounding streets to prevent unauthorized persons from entering protesting area. CM V Narayanaswamy along with his cabinet ministers is sitting in front of Raj Nivas in protest against Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi. pic.twitter.com/MdJlOpY2hj ANI (@ANI) February 13, 2019Narayanasamy was seen clearing official files at the venue of the agitation. He was joined by the Speaker as well as Congress and DMK MLAs. Sporting black shirts, they squatted on the road outside Raj Nivas, protesting against Kiran Bedi’s ‘negative stand’ in rejecting files on various matters sent to her for approval.’Bedi delaying proposals’The chief minister told reporters that they took strong exception to the “continued rejection of government proposals to ameliorate the lot of the poor and have-nots”.Narayanasamy also said that Kiran Bedi’s recent decision to make helmet wearing mandatory without generating awareness among two-wheeler riders, as proposed by the government “is a clear case of her going her way and causing harassment to the people”.He alleged that the Lt Governor had not approved 39 government proposals, sent to her for approval since the last few weeks.He cited various instances, including implementation of the free rice scheme, grants to privately managed educational institutions, the sanction of funds for government undertakings and implementation of various welfare schemes for Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes and OBCs which were stalled by the Lt Governor though funds were earmarked in the budget for them.”Kiran Bedi should mend her ways and sanction her approval to our decisions. If she wants, she can contest an election in Puducherry”, the Chief Minister said.advertisementNo discussions: CMNarayanasamy insisted that they would leave the venue only after getting a positive reply from the Lt Governor that she would concede to all their proposals.Asked if he would hold discussions with Bedi, he shot back “Why should we? Let her come here and hold talks with us”.Kiran Bedi and the government headed by Narayanasamy had been at loggerheads over various issues ever since she assumed office in May 2016.(with inputs from PTI)READ | Kiran Bedi is a law breaking LG, says Puducherry CM NarayanasamyREAD | Puducherry parties to protest Kiran Bedi’s interference in administrative affairs at Jantar MantarWATCH | Kiran Bedi is a law breaking LG, says Puducherry CM NarayanasamyFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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